I could not drive a tractor in a straight line to save my life.
I tried. At the end of every row, I would look back and see these giant curves. My dad would drive from one end of the field to the other to get me started… Perfect straight lines! Then I would ruin the art with my scribbles.
The rule for driving a tractor in a straight line is this: Focus on a fence post at the end of the field. As you focus on the post, you will be able to line up your front tire correctly.
Faith is just like driving the tractor in a straight line.
You MUST look at the future in order to line up the present.
This is why Hebrews 11:1 tells us that faith is proof of the unseen. Where you are now is evidence of where you are going. My life today tells you all you need to know about my life in Heaven.
Which is why faith can be frustrating sometimes. Trying to look here and there at the same time often leaves us wondering if we are looking at the right place at the right time. What if I am looking too much at the fence? Too much at the wheel?
The prayer I pray today is simple. It is the prayer of a crooked driver who wishes to leave behind a path that can be imitated and followed:
Jesus, please let me see where You are so I can see where I need to be. Amen.