Yes, good question. How would Jesus drive?
If He wouldn’t mutter names under his breath or slap his steering wheel or yell “Buttface” at people, then it’s not like me.
Since Jesus didn’t really have a car, the only example we have of Him riding anything was a donkey with everyone admiring Him from the side- like His own personal parade. But that doesn’t really count does it? I mean, I wouldn’t have to get angry if I had my own personal police escort every morning.
Was there dirt road rage in biblical times? Was it possible to have a donkey jam instead of a traffic one?
A la Carrie Underwood, if Jesus did, in fact, take the wheel, He would be the ultimate picture of humility and patience (although Dallas might test Him a little- it’s second to New York in drivers with road rage). No need to yell or cry- just love people, even people who think that they’re better than everyone else or people who cut you off or who swerve into your lane because they’re on the cell or people who zip in and out of cars trying to get one car length ahead. Oh goodness, how I need to remember that as I’m commuting?
I did a junior high girls Bible study over 2 Corinthians 2:15 one time. For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. I remember asking them what that meant- to be the aroma of Christ. Someone answered, “I bet the aroma of Christ is fish and bread.” Well, yes, probably but what else?
In my commute on these crazy Dallas highways, my desire is to be the aroma of Christ- not the stinky trash sthinkbait smell that I’m putting off now with my anger and my impatience. Screaming at people and calling them names (EVEN if they deserve it) does nothing but miss the mark of what my God truly desires for me- peace, love, humility, patience.
I can promise you that I’m working on it, but I’ve been let loose on Dallas roads for a year now and the aggressive-driver recovery program is slow going. Driving in Dallas is one of those areas of my life where I feel like a young person who hasn’t gained wisdom and patience yet. We all know wisdom and patience take time to learn. Good thing God offers me forgiveness daily and I can begin every morning again with a clean slate.
Tomorrow, on the road again!