Which of these should go first? Fairly obvious answer? It will be if you’ve ever tried reversing a car with anything at all hitched to the back of it! The caravan is a bit like one our family owned when I was a kid (at least, it had a red stripe) and I well remember the slightly stressy summer-holiday moments of trying to reverse it into little plots on French campsites.
The Landrover goes in front.
A very very long time ago I did a Discipleship Training School with YWAM (A kind of year-out programme) and this picture dates back to one of those lectures. I’m not even sure who was speaking, so I can’t give them the credit… But the image has remained in a corner of my imagination, and God has been reminding me of it a lot in the past few weeks.
The Landrover is my will and the Caravan is my emotions.
In my case, the caravan is fairly large in proportion to the towing vehicle. (It may actually be more of a smart car/6 berth van kind of a relationship). In different people comparative sizes will vary enormously, and both are important… but it’s still clear which one of them needs to be out in front and in charge of the steering!
I love this quote from CS Lewis:
“Faith is the art of holding on to those things your reason has once accepted, in spite of your changing moods” C.S. Lewis
Isn’t that great. One way that this works is hearing what God says, and then choosing to act like it’s true (however you’re feeling) and I wrote about that here…
Another way to think about it is a determination to do what I know to be right, even if I really really don’t want to, and hoping that my emotions will eventually line up. Right now I’m calling these Landrover Choices.
I’m sure you can think of a million times when your emotions (hurt, pain, fear, jealousy, anger…) have been shouting loudly at you to run, hide, blank someone, yell *delete as appropriate. And yet maybe in those moments, your reason, or your knowledge of the choice God would have you make has been telling you that there’s a better way to handle this…
I once nearly missed out on a wonderful friendship because I was jealous of the young woman’s gifting and opportunities. On that occasion I managed to put my will in front and override the envy and choose to get to know her. I am so glad that I did.
Today I’m asking you this: What is the Landrover Choice that you have to make this week. In what decision do you need to choose to make your feelings run behind and let your will be in front?