Be the Semi-Truck

June 29, 2021

By Julianne Hudson

Have you ever driven behind a semi? Do you patiently follow it, cruising behind towards your destination? Or do you try to maneuver around and bypass it?

Sometimes I feel like a semi-truck. When I glance out my windows, I see everyone else zooming by and I wonder how I got left behind. They pass and they merge. They honk and they cut off, but I continue cruising along. It’s as if my gas pedal is stuck and I cannot speed up. 

It’s so easy to compare our stories with someone else’s or feel saddened that a dream of ours isn’t a reality yet. But a wise friend told me, “Julianne, do you understand God works in the background of our lives and His timing is perfect?” I imagine if I lived like a semi, I wouldn’t try to rush ahead or make something happen that wasn’t meant to. I would give people grace even if they cut me off and let God be the driver. 

What if I told you that on the days when it seems like you’re going nowhere, God is working all along? All that He has planned for you is happening in His perfect timing. When we remind ourselves of this, peace emerges. We begin to realize that God has us moving at a pace that’s specifically for us and just because I’m not gaining speed doesn’t mean He isn’t working.

In Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 it reads:

“There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.”

This scripture has given me so much hope. It reminds me of His perfect plan for my life and yours. It’s a reminder to set it to cruise, take my hands off,  and give God the wheel.

Photo Credit: Denys Nevozhai


  1. Gina Padilla says:

    Amen Julianne! Great reminder to stop trying to take the wheel!

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