Yesterday we made a quick round trip to Saginaw (Reese, actually, if you prefer specifics). The roads were dry. The sky had the perfect combination of sun and clouds. A good Tiger game was on the radio (at least on the way up). And the trip could not have gone smoother - we barely stopped on Hall Road and our speed on the expressway stayed the same the entire trip. We were cruis'n.
When traveling - or life, in general - goes like that, it is easy to sing along with the psalmist, "Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness! Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!" (Psalm 150.1-2, 6)
However, not every day - or trip - finds us cruis'n. All too often (at least from our perspective) we have "westbound I-696 days". Construction ... road closed ... detour ... stop-and-go traffic ... congestion ... delays ... road rage ... add an hour or two of frustration and stress to an already long day ... And, no matter how hard we pray, the traffic in front of us never parts like the waters of the Red Sea, nor does the pavement suddenly become as smooth as a ballroom floor!
On these "anticruis'n" days, I tend to ignore Psalm 150, and pray that the Lord turn my ears to a different word: "But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you. O Israel: 'Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. WHEN you pass through the (flood) waters, I will be with you; and through the (overflowing) rivers, they will not overwhelm you; WHEN you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flames shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, YOUR SAVIOR." (Isaiah 43.1-3, my enhancements) I seem to turn to this passage more often than to Psalm 150 ... perhaps because those "westbound" days really grab my attention.
Yet, when one lets the words of Isaiah 43 marinate in the heart, a realization comes clear: every day - and circumstance - is made for cruis'n with Jesus. We can relax in the backseat while the traffic parts for him. The way becomes smooth (see Isaiah 40.4). And the words he gave to Mary long ago he places within us, "My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation." (Luke 1.46-50) Yes, with Jesus in our lives, every day - and circumstance - is made for cruis'n!
And, speaking of cruis'n, have you noticed who still is in second place in the A L Central?