Last night at our Madison Christian School Board meeting our Head of School, Ray Kochis, gave an illustration which is easy to understand. He explained that a school is like a boat traveling down a river, and the boat must be steered by the Head of School. If a school board, for instance, has too many committees, that means that too many entities will want to get their hands on the steering wheel, getting the school off course.
This illustration got me to thinking. Several years ago David and Joy had a house with about three acres of land. They had a John Deere riding lawn mower. It was a necessity. Call me a bad grandpa, and you should, but I will admit that when I mowed David’s yard and the grandsons wanted to ride on my lap while mowing and “help” steer, I allowed it. (Please do not write to me about this. I have repented.) Caleb, in particular, would fix his hands firmly on the steering wheel of the mower and be pretty assertive about where he wanted the mower to go. Being 3 or 4 at the time, he did not have a very good idea about where the mower needed to go next.
The real point is this: Don’t we have a tendency to be this way with the Lord? Rightfully, he should have his hands on the steering wheel of our lives. He knows the big picture, and he knows precisely where we need to be heading all the time. But just like school board committees in the boat, or little boys on the riding lawn mower, we love to get our hands on the wheel and steer the course of our own lives.
In order to successfully live the Christian life, undoubtedly the most important surrender we make to the Lord Jesus Christ is control. We want control. We feel like we need control. The most important lesson we can learn is to yield full control of our lives, desires, and plans to the Lord and allow him to establish the direction.