Growing up, one of my favorite rides at Disneyland was Autopia. I wasn’t much into roller coasters when I was younger, but I loved the sensation of driving my own car. Autopia was the one time in my life when I got to experience life from the driver’s side. Obviously driving an Autopia car is nothing like driving a real car, but I didn’t care. I felt like I was racing down an open road, the wind in my hair, even though I was stuck on a track that wouldn’t let me veer off track no matter what I did.
Last weekend Doug reminded us that God wants our lives to be a little like Autopia. God doesn’t want us all to follow the same boring course over and over again, but he does want to keep us from getting too far off track. Doug shared with us that God sent the prophets to ancient Israel in order to get them back on track and God is still speaking to us today, hoping to keep our lives on track or get them back on track.
Unfortunately, our lives aren’t like Autopia. Perhaps you’ve had the experience of looking at your life and wondering how you got so far from God. Then we look back at our lives and see all the choices we made that got us to where we are. And, if we look a little deeper, we realize God was there the entire time, trying to get us back on track.
Maybe it was an initial consequence that we didn’t take seriously.
Maybe it was the advice of a good friend that we dismissed.
Maybe it was our conscience speaking to us, but we ignored it.
All of our lives have gotten off track at some point, but we’re never too far gone for God. Our Autopia car could be sinking in the Rivers of America and God would still come after us. God continued to go after his people through the prophets and still comes after us today through Jesus. Jesus came to earth to rescue us and enable us to stay on track.
Just because Jesus will rescue us if our lives get completely off track, doesn’t mean that we should let our lives get completely off track. Life is better when we stay the course that God has laid out for us. We live the best life possible when we intentionally live to love God and love others. The courses of our lives aren’t like Autopia; they’re all going to be different. But if we stay on track with God, then we’ll all be moving in the same direction, working together to reveal God’s kingdom in this world.