God Doesn’t Steer Parked Cars

This was a favorite post of mine from August of 2012 which I read frequently; I thought I’d share it again with you all since it’ so powerful – enjoy. 

I had dinner with a girlfriend this past weekend and during our conversation, she said something that really resonated with me: “God doesn’t steer parked cars.”

Such a simple phrase but so powerful.

How many of you are praying for things to change, for life to get better, for a career change, health change but are sitting on the side of the road waiting for God to come to the rescue?

Well, He may give you a jump but He is not going to tow you. 

Hit the Road Jack

God is willing and waiting to help you and guide you in the right direction but you must first, get on the road!

He is willing to steer but you must give it the gas to move forward.

For instance, if you are trying to get out from under a deep pile of debt, instead of asking God “why?” or asking him to get you out of it, start taking the steps (like cutting up the credit cards, setting a budget, investing, etc.) and then ask God for guidance and strength to see it through.

If you are in desperate need of a career change, don’t complain to God about how awful your boss, job, or co-workers are, instead, determine what changes you can make to set on a new path (enroll in school, volunteer, meet with a mentor, etc.) then ask God to reveal His will for your life; you’ll be amazed how the doors start to open – once you start to open.


The point is, don’t sit back and do nothing and certainly don’t ask for things that you’re not willing to work at yourself.

God needs to know that you can handle the life He has in store for you; He will be there to give you strength, guidance, and wisdom – not to do it all for you.

He’ll teach you how to ride, to swim, and to drive but, just like any parent, He will one day take off the training wheels, remove the floaties, and let go of the wheel; the question is, will you be able to keep pedaling, stay afloat, and remain on the right road when He does?

The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.” – Psalm 32:8

As always I’d love to hear your thoughts on today’s post, please share in the comments below. 


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