The perfect student car

My first car was a 1985 Chevy Cavalier. The one pictured is the exact model and colour of the one I drove into the grave.

I’m a car guy, though you’d never know it from my ’85 Chev. In fact, this blog took 4x longer to write than other blogs because I kept going on autotrader.ca after every stanza I finished. I’m a driver. I graduated from the MCO racing school in ’05 and I have a serious need for speed, so I’m a self-proclaimed gear head fully qualified to make the statement I’m about to make.

Students: you want a DeLorian DMC-12.

If you don’t know what that is, take 2 minutes and 34 seconds to educate yourself on one of the most iconic cars in history, thanks to this 1985 blockbuster …

Not only is the DeLorian the most interesting GM product of the 80’s, but it lets you go back & forth in time: the perfect student car.

The pressure on you to have all the right moves in school is suffocating. The economy is scary, so simply predict the future and choose all the right pre-requisites to get into the right field. Also, if you could begin predicting your future by grade 10, that would be advantageous. THEN, simply be amazing. Every move you make, every breath you take, the economy is watching you. [Someone tell me that Sting reference wasn’t wasted.]

For a lot of people, “God’s will” is envisioned like a bus that you stay on or get off with every passing choice. You are in a constant state of either getting closer to or further from “God’s will”. [A]

We’d have a lot less anxiety if we retired the notion that knowing God’s will is like playing a divine game of “hot or cold”…

“You chose Bio-Chem instead of Environmental Science? You’re getting waaaaarmer!!”
“You bought the blue car instead of the red one? You’re getting coooooolder!!”
“You chose school C instead of A or B?” BURNING HOT!”
“You took job A instead of job B? ICE COLD.”

I’m not downplaying the importance of trusting God with our choices, or suggesting that He doesn’t care about us in every way. I’m saying that the Scriptures don’t describe “knowing God’s will” as the Spirit whispering into our ears before our every move. Acts 16 reveals that God can use the exact opposite of the “still small voice”: the apostles attempt some missions trips and the Spirit says “nope” and guides them by closing doors. Come on guys. Get in step with the Spirit. If you are reading this and you insist that the Holy Spirit tells you what socks to wear and then rewards your obedience with light traffic, parking spaces and discounts … stop scaring the children. Yes, the Spirit does guide us … into all truth about Christ. [B]

Students, I have good news.

God’s ability to navigate your life is infinitely greater than your ability to figure it out. In fact, His love and grace is so incredible, He can redirect our lives even when we are going 180 degrees in the wrong direction. He loves you and is on the other side of every choice you make, working it out because you are already in His loving, wise and perfect will. [1]

“The heart of man plans his way,
    but the Lord establishes his steps.” – Proverbs 16:9

Go ahead and work hard to develop the skills God gave you. Enjoy the journey, trust God when life has you stressed – and sleep well knowing you are in good hands. If you’re in Christ, you’re in God’s will.  [1]

Students: you don’t need a DeLorian DMC-12.

Press on,

Paul

[A] Romans 12:2 – Paul says that we should be transformed in the renewal of our minds so that we can discern and do what is the will of God. This is the revealed will of God and its proper applications to life. That looks like trusting God, enjoying Him and loving our neighbour. He does not mean: try to figure out God’s sovereign plan and do it. That is God’s secret. We are to do his revealed will and leave the sovereign running of the universe to him.

[B] John 16:1-16 Jesus is speaking in context of what He came to do: accomplish the will of The Father by going to the cross. The Spirit will guide you into all truth about Christ and about the will of the Father to save you from sin and death. Grace for days. Yes, the Spirit brings all things to our remembrance (John 14:26) about what Jesus taught.

[1] From Genesis to revelation, God accomplishes His sovereign will through mankind. We are not robots, we choose and are responsible for our choices, but God works out the results of every choice. Proverbs 16:9

[2] Romans 8:28

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