In NASCAR, every driver has a spotter. The spotter is a team member with a radio who is placed in a high position above the racetrack where they can see as much of the entire race track as physically possible. The spotter’s job is to make sure the driver is safe during the race and to be a second set of eyes. More than anything else, it's a job based on trust.
When a spotter says 'clear,' his driver has to trust he's being given good information and that no other car is there, meaning he can move up or down the track. We ourselves, are in a race, and God is our spotter. From His vantage point, God is able to see every detail of our life. Nothing is hidden from God’s sight, and to Him our road ahead is clearly visible.
I’m learning that when things don’t work out the way I would have wanted, there is a greater plan in the future. The focus has to be taken off my doubts and placed on a promised word from God. In Jeremiah 29:11, God’s Word says, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” When we’re in a tight spot and nothing seems to be going right, a sense of uncertainty tries to capture our thoughts.
If we’re not careful, it is easy to get sidetracked and lose focus. By focusing on our problems and never looking up, we will fail to experience the peace of God. Isaiah 26:3 tells us "You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You." Just like that racecar driver has to trust his spotter, you and I have to come to the place where we trust God completely and allow Him the freedom to point us in the right direction. Not only do we have to trust Him, we have to remember something else He tells us in His Word, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28). May God bless you and I hope to see you and your family in church this Sunday!