Passenger Seat

There is one place in my daily routine that is rich with opportunity…the passenger seat. On any given day, my passenger seat welcomes a lot of people. Once a passenger buckles in safely, the passenger automatically start talking, confessing, sharing, asking, and relaxing. It’s almost magical. Here are a few glimpses into this weeks highlights.

The School Reporter

In a time span of 60 seconds, the passenger seat headlines include a new game on the playground with rocks, a slide, and a friend. A form needs to be signed but it is lost (good thing extras are filed in my driver side door). There is a missing school jacket that must be found by the Friday deadline (it was found in the closet on a hanger which is the last place we ever look). A rice crispy treat is a delicious lunch. The bunny and bear collection is a success. And finally, “Do you have anything to eat. I am starving!” Off to Sonic we go.

The Biblical Scholar

Next, my passenger seat welcomed a new and excited Biblical scholar who quickly reported that he has completed the book of Numbers. His passion about God is completely contagious and inspiring. Our topics include God’s wrath and love, Moses’ calling and leadership, desert moments in life, covenants, grace, and our lives. In a ten minute drive, I received a beautiful gift through this scholar. The ten minute drive back to the dorms, I learned all about Pureflix.

The Kidknapping

What do you do when you have not seen someone in a long time and you have to drop off someone else for an appointment? You (willingly) kidnap the first person of course! This passenger was full of surprises in the passenger seat. The conversation began by me asking, “Where have you been, I haven’t seen you in a while?” “I have been studying so hard and dealing with my pride. I have to get my grades up to get into my next college. I have been praying so hard. I have been working so hard. I will not fail to do what God is calling me to do.” Then with complete seriousness, my passenger said, “Did you know that I did not learn to read until 8th grade?”

My Heart

Near the end of my day, my passenger seat held my heart, Mr. Bell. Because of schedules, careers, appointments, and many other reasons, we (like most couples) see each other at the beginning and end of the day. It may be time to revise marital vows to include, “I will love you, comfort you, honor and keep you, in sickness and in health even while surviving our family life and career lives and forsaking all others, be faithful to each other as long as we both shall live even if some days all we have left to give is an understanding smile or hug. In our short ride together, we caught up on pressing items. We talked. We processed. We laughed. We went our separate ways. After that passenger experience, a new item was put on the agenda. Everyone will sit together at dinner tonight!

Reflections Through the Rearview Mirror

The passenger seat is rich with opportunity. When we open the door, we open the opportunity to experience Christ. We invite the passenger to join us on this journey of life. Through their presence, we discover joy in life, desire for God, determination, injustice, and love.

In the Book of Acts, there is a story about another passenger seat. Philip is told by an angel of the Lord to go to a road. There he meets a man who is reading Scripture. Philip asked the man if he understands what he was reading. Because the man did not understand the words, he invited Philip into the passenger seat of his chariot. Together they experienced the presence of God through Scripture as they talked about the Good News of Jesus Christ.

In the passenger seat of life, God is the driver. Each moment, we have the opportunity to unlock the door and take a seat. In that place, we hear the Good News of Jesus Christ. We also automatically start talking, confessing, sharing, asking, and relaxing. It’s almost magical.

Here’s to the open road and the passengers who journey with us!

From our Happy Tent to Yours,

Meredith Bell