Enjoy the Ride

I am the LORD your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.” (Isaiah 48:17 NIV)

Climbing in the driver’s seat for the first time made my heart beat faster and my smile grow wider. At age fourteen, I could barely see over the steering wheel, but with my permit in hand, I was ready to hit the road.

My mom sat beside me in the passenger seat of the green ’92 Honda equipped with a manual transmission. After she explained how to press and release the clutch while giving the car gas, I took my first shot at taking off in first gear. However, I did not give the engine enough gas and I let off the clutch too quickly, causing the car to lurch forward.

With the sudden lurch, my foot uncontrollably hit the gas pedal, giving the car another leap forward. Like a domino effect, the car kept lurching and my foot kept hitting the gas, causing yet another jerk forward. By the time I was finally able to stop the car, my sister, sitting in the middle of the backseat, was laughing hysterically—more than I’ve heard her laugh before.

Soon my mom and I burst into laughter too. That was enough for my first driving lesson, so I traded places with my mom and let her drive the rest of the way home.

When it comes to the driver’s seat of our lives, we need God to be in control. When He directs our paths, sets our speed, and determines our pit stops, we experience the freedom of trusting Him and enjoying the ride.

Ashli Roussel


Ashli Roussel, a nineteen-year-old sophomore at Harding University, is passionate about sharing the truth and love of the Lord through writing. She loves camping, running, playing the piano, and participating in missions. Most of all, she is passionate about knowing, following, and serving her Lord and Savior. Without Him, her stories would mean nothing.

Ashli has battled and overcome an eating disorder, which God used to teach her great truths about who He is and how He is involved in our struggles. Now she desires to comfort others with the comfort that she has received from God. Keep an eye out for Ashli’s regular articles on iBegat.com! (read more…)


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