Settle In

photo-1495587451850-569e88f098c0I thought my sister would drive the ATV. I don’t know why I assumed that. I became accustomed to being the rider when I went on trips with my dad. I thought I’d be the passenger again. But my sister thought the same thing. I was certainly willing to drive, and it’s not as if it was super difficult, but I listened to the instructions, started the engine, and pressed the gas.

Nothing happened.

I made sure it was in gear, then tried again. I needed to apply more pressure than expected. I took a few slow laps around the parking lot and signaled I was ready to start the trails. The surface surprised me. It took me a while to figure out the best speed as I hit washboards. In addition to getting comfortable with the steering and speed, I tried to get used to my headgear. I had worn a helmet before but not goggles – which couldn’t be worn with sunglasses – so I adjusted to see well in the bright sun.

After about 20 minutes, I realized I was leaning forward a bit. If I didn’t relax, I would be exhausted by the end of the ride. I was expending more energy than was necessary. So I leaned back and took a deep breath. What a difference. I still had to pay attention and put forth some effort, but I let my body’s natural shock absorbers do the work.

Settling in for the ride doesn’t mean settling. We still need to put forth effort, apply what we know, make sound decisions. But we can let the resources God gave us help the effort. It’s a cooperation process.

Settle in today. Commit and exert effort but also trust God to take care of what he says he can and will. You’ll be a lot less exhausted. You’ll still get bruised and tired, but not nearly as much as if you try to do it all without him.

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