237. Take Your Foot off of the Brake!

“My neighbor told me a story last night,” Stan began, “that has a real spiritual lesson to it.”

“Tell me,” I replied.

“His sixteen-year-old daughter is just starting to learn to drive.”

“That is something that could use a lot of prayer,” I said with a smile.

“It seems,” Stan responded, “that my neighbor was trying to give his daughter some instruction in how to get the car moving.”

“They were in front of their house.   She was behind the wheel with her foot firmly on the brake pedal.  The engine was running and she had the gear shift lever in drive, but she would not take her foot off of the brake.”

Continuing, Stan said, “My neighbor kept telling her to take her foot off of the brake so the car could move, but she wouldn’t.  They just sat there with the engine idling in gear.  It seems she was afraid of what would happen if she took her foot off of the brake.”

“How was it resolved?” I asked.

“Well, my neighbor turned out to be smarter than I probably would have been.   He decided he was getting too frustrated with the situation and told his daughter he thought it would be better for her to get instruction from from a certified driving instructor, rather than from him.  She agreed.”

“Smart man!” I responded.

“I told him that,” Stan said, and then added, “we laughed about it and I used the opportunity to tell him that there was a point in my life where I was afraid to take my foot off of the brake and let God take me where He wanted.”

Continuing, Stan said, “I wanted to be totally in control of everything in my life and I refused to let go and allow the Holy Spirit to be in charge.”

“But that obviously changed at some point,” I replied.

“It did,” Stan said, “but it was a gradual process.  I got myself a little out of the way.  I moved forward and saw that it was just fine.  I got myself more out of the way, and we, the Holy Spirit and I, made more progress.  Pretty soon, I let go of it all, giving Him full control, and we were moving on down the road in great fashion.”

“So then did you put it on cruise control, so to speak?” I added.

“Nope,” Stan replied.  “No cruise control; that is too limiting.  I have to give it all to the Holy Spirit without any limitations.”

Concluding, Stan then said, “This little story is a reflection of going from conversion to transformation.  Conversion is not transformation.  But, of course, I could not be transformed without first being converted, and transformation is the gradual process through sanctification that requires me to let go, take my foot off of the brake, and get out of the Holy Spirit’s way.”

“Let go and keep letting go!”

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But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because  God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth.  2 Thessalonians 2:13.

Prayer:  Thank you, Lord, that you want to lead and guide me in every aspect of my being.  I know that you cannot do what you want until I get out of your way and give you full unbridled control of every aspect of my life.  You know how difficult it is for me to continually yield and release everything to you.  Please forgive my reluctance to yield.  And please, Lord, help me in taking my foot off of every brake in my life that gets in the way of what you want to do in and through me.  Thank you that I can and do bring all of these prayers before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

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