"I tell you the truth, when you were young, you were able to do as you liked; you dressed yourself and went wherever you wanted to go. But when you are old,you will stretch out your hands, and others will dress you and take you where you dont' want to go." ... John 21:18
They're here! Yes, driverless cars! Check out the Google Car on the web. It looks small, but the technology in them is huge. While these models still come equipped with steering wheels, you have the opportunity to put the car on autopilot, and with proper instuctions, the car will take you to your destination. These models can even park themselves. I haven't figured out how they would pass my high school driver's education class when unexpected dogs and bouncing balls jump out in front of them on the street, but I've heard the electronics built into them can pick up the interference faster than the human eye. Really? While it's hard for me to imagine ever giving up control of my steering wheel, some towns have already taken the next step. Check out Stratford, a city of 31,000 people outside of Toronto, Canada. For the past decade they have been building roads that talk to street lights, signals that talk to cars, all while creating a wireless network that somehow makes it all happen. Yeah, it blows my mind! Oh, how far removed we are from simpler days when all we had to do was follow the ruts on a dirt road to find out the way to the baseball park.
If I'm honest with myself, when it comes to driving any car from point A to point B, I trust my feet and hands more than technology. But then, isn't it technology that makes the car move anyway, even with a steering wheel, gas pedal, brakes? Maybe the issue isn't about technology, but control. There are days when I'm no more interested in letting a driverless car take me from one place to another than I am in letting God take me to places I may not want to go. After all, what if a driverless car takes me where I don't want to go. I suppose I could call that human error since the technology is designed to take me where I want to go. It's just the thought of not having a steering wheel in front of me that freaks me out! I want to use my hands and feet to drive. I want to control the vehicle I'm in. But the truth is we can't always be in control, and as Jesus told John, there will come days when others will take you where you don't want to go. But if we listen to God's Word, the Word that lights the path before us, we discover an amazing truth ... it's not where we go, but who we go with, that makes the journey significant.
Come to think of it ... there's no steering wheel for me to handle when I follow the God of the Bible. It's all about letting God lead and knowing that I can trust in Him who walks with me every step of the way.