This blog is dedicated to my mother in law, Ruth who took this picture and posted it on my Facebook Timeline. Ruth and her friend Judith then proceeded to comment encouraging me to write a blog post about it.
It is a wonderful picture and I love the irony of a giant lorry carrying a toy car alongside heavy plant machinery.
Ruth’s suggested thoughts for the blog were,
The one about being carried by an Almighty Rescuer? So why do we think we are driving?
This really is a clever and helpful thought.
Christians believe that Jesus has saved us and that this makes it possible for us to have a relationship with God. In this relationship we are held secure in God, in fact the Bible says we are ‘in Christ’ and this picture shows something of what this means. Neither the toy car or the heavy machinery is going to travel down the motorway safely or effectively, but while they are on the lorry then they can travel to their destination. (If you want to think more about what it means to be ‘in Christ’ through some other pictures then click here).
If we are saved by being ‘in Christ’, then why would we think we are driving? When someone becomes a Christian, they call Jesus Lord. If we call him Lord, why do we often act like we are in charge? Becoming a Christian involves trusting in our new Lord, Jesus who wants what is best for us and there are some similarities between this and the way that a child trusts in their parents.
As I walked with my daughter towards a Zebra crossing recently, I held her hand and pulled her back as a car sped across in front of us. My daughter was away with the fairies, happy in her own little universe, but as I pulled back on her hand she followed the direction of the gentle tug. She trusted in me and it worked out much better for her than the alternative. If she had carried on, heading on her own merry way with even a gentle step forwards then we would have been on our way to hospital or worse.
So, if we are being carried by an Almighty Rescuer then why would we think we are driving? It must be better to trust in Jesus as our Lord, he knows and understands everything and he understands the consequences of our actions in a way that we can’t.
As we trundle down the motorway of life, let’s choose to let Jesus drive.
One additional thought.
As I look at the picture the toy car captures my attention, but if I contacted the company to hire some heavy machinery then I would be disappointed if they delivered that car. The toy car has no real value but the driver decided that he would take it anyway. Even though the car is not worthy of a place on the plant hire lorry, the driver took it anyway.
The point is simple,
God thinks you are worth rescuing.
Isn’t that great news! God doesn’t look at me or you and decide we are not worth bothering with. He rescued us and this involved him sending his son Jesus into the world as a human, Jesus died in our place as a perfect sacrifice to make our rescue and relationship with God possible.
God really thinks you are worth rescuing, but do you?
Jesus gave everything to know you, but how will you respond? Do you want to know him?
Here is some music to listen to while we have a think about how we will respond to our almighty rescuer.