Driving with Jesus

Here’s an idea for prayer from Lisa Kelly. She often drives home from work with Jesus in the passenger seat. The two have a colloquy:

drivingAt times I imagine Christ somewhat sarcastically calling me out on my complaints, “Really? You thought that was sooo bad?” “I know. You are right,” I reply and instantly my priorities are reshuffled and my anxieties are smothered in awareness of the goodness I have around me.

More often than not though, my traveling companion will challenge me to act on things I have been resisting out of fear or insecurity. One thing about riding alone in a car with Christ is that there is no where to hide. Both of us know my truths. Both of us know my fears. Both of us know where I am being called. Sometimes only one of us believes I can really get there. But hearing that belief that Christ has in me, just as clearly as if it were the voice of my best friend, is the confidence builder I need to take that next step.

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  1. This reminds me of a book, a collection of radio scripts mostly, called “Fran and Jesus: On the Job”, with just this premise. Years ago, I listened to the woman author Mary Whelchel on her (Protestant Evangelical) radio program, The Christian Working Woman. I still remember some of her stories and benefited from one of her Bible Studies. Here’s a link, if anyone here is interested (NAYY): http://www.amazon.com/Fran-Jesus-Job-Mary-Whelchel/dp/0842312269/

  2. So true. We find ourselves in many situations where we have to wait – in line at the grocery store, hospital waiting room, and rather than feeling cross and waste the time, why not use it for prayer? It takes some getting used to, the entering into the Divine while out in the secular world, but it is a worthwhile habit to get into.

  3. Very interesting idea. He could be the “companion” while you’re waiting at a bus stop, or someone sitting next to you on a train or airplane, or ahead of you in the checkout line in a store….
    The possibilities are endless. Thanks!


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