The only time I can honestly say I’m in neutral is when I’m going through a car wash. Maybe that is what neutral is all about.
My hands are off the steering wheel. My feet can’t touch the pedals. My attenae is down, and my side mirrors are pulled in. I’m being carried along in a straight line by an established track. By the end, my car will be cleaner than when I entered.
Will that be the end result of my life?
Will I be so confident in God’s track that I can place myself in neutral, take my hands off the steering wheel, keep my feet off the brake and accelerator pedals, put down my antennae, and tuck in my rear-view mirrors?
Will I let Him wash me? Will I let Him dry my face?
Will I let Him go beyond the exterior and wipe down my interior? Will I let Him suck out all the grit I’ve tracked into my soul?
Will I be willing to let Him carry me along to the end?
Let your eyes look straight ahead;
fix your gaze directly before you.
Give careful thought to the paths for your feet
and be steadfast in all your ways.
Do not turn to the right or the left;
keep your foot from evil.
It’s only natural.
I hear a phrase like this one and consider all the unnatural things I do in a given day.
Is it natural to look at my phone as much as I do? Especially when sitting across from someone with an actual face who already likes me? Why do I seek affirmation in a thumbs up?
Is it natural that I check the animal shelter’s website daily? I already have two beautiful dogs. The two I miss are memories that can’t be found among the strays and the abandoned. Why do I keep thinking there could ever be another pair like them? How unfair to put that pressure on two young pups with their own stories to tell!
Is it natural to find solace in coffee drunk from a recyclable cup? Consumed and consumable in a mere five-minutes reprieve. Is it worth the five dollars?
Maybe that’s a bad example. Because it sure feels worth it.
But, worthy of being natural? Probably not.
So what is natural?
My grandparents touted being natural was what brought them success in their marriage.
But, I’m not sure.
I think their love bordered on supernatural. I think most love does. If I were to respond in a natural way to most people, it would be anything but loving.
I think in that case, I would want to be as unnatural as possible. I want to love in a supernatural way.
Why settle for being only natural?
But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.