Page 27: God is Your Pace Car
If you've ever seen a NASCAR race or an Indy 500 race, you'll notice a car that leads every other car on the track before the race begins. That's what is called the pace car. I like to research random things for the simple reason of just knowing the facts. One day, out of nowhere, the image of a pace car on the track popped up in my mind. So, like true Paige fashion, I looked up the purpose of a pace car. At the time, I didn't understand why I was thinking of a pace car, but after reading a few articles, I realized God was trying to show me something. Here are three things I learned about pace cars:
"It's called a pace car. It's mostly there for safety reasons, but it also helps the drivers warm up before the race officially begins."
"The aim of the safety car is to enable the clearance of any obstruction under safer conditions."
"Another notable effect of safety car periods is that racing cars consume less fuel until full race resumption, which can allow competitors to run longer distances on a tank of fuel than would otherwise have been possible and/or reduce the number of pitstops required for the duration of the race."
1. "It's called a pace car. It's mostly there for safety reasons, but it also helps the drivers warm up before the race officially begins."
We need to "warm-up" with God. How do we warm-up with God? By putting Him first. He's the best leader and knows exactly what we need for the road ahead. Just like warming up before a workout is essential, warming up with God before we take on each day is so important. Warming up before we set out on that dream God has put in our heart is important because He knows how to prepare us for success.
Matthew 6:8 - "Your Father knows what you need even before you ask him."
Notice it also says, "It's mostly there for safety reasons..." God is our safety. He is our refuge, our strong tower for us to run and hide.
Psalm 91:1-4 - "Whoever rests in the shadow of the Most High God will be kept safe by the Mighty One. I will say about the Lord, 'He is my place of safety. He is like a fort to me. He is my God. I trust in him.' He will certainly save you from hidden traps and from deadly sickness. He will cover you with his wings. Under the feathers of his wings you will find safety. He is faithful. He will keep you safe like a shield or a tower."
Proverbs 18:10 - "The name of the Lord is like a strong tower. Godly people run to it and are safe."
2. "The aim of the safety car is to enable the clearance of any obstruction under safer conditions..."
God clears the way for us. He can make a way where there seems to be no way. God specializes in making the impossible possible. In life, we will experience roadblocks and obstruction on the road, but God can remove anything in our way because He's God and with one word He can tell it to move. Or, He may leave it and help us get around it because He wants to teach us something in the process.
Luke 18:27 - "Jesus replied, 'Things that are impossible with people are possible with God.'"
If you want a few stories from the Bible on God making a way where there seems to be no way, I write about some in an earlier post. Click here to read it.
3. "Another notable effect of safety car periods is that racing cars consume less fuel until full race resumption, which can allow competitors to run longer distances on a tank of fuel than would otherwise have been possible and/or reduce the number of pitstops required for the duration of the race."
God gives us endurance for the race set before us. He sustains us and helps us go further than we could go on our own. God gives us the strength we need to keep moving forward.
Philippians 4:13 - "I can do all things through Him who gives me strength."
Romans 15:5 - "May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had."
Psalms 54:4 - "Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me."
I was sitting in my car one night, struggling about something. I was exhausted and not just physically. I was spiritually, mentally, and emotionally exhausted... and I thought of a pace car. At that moment, I realized I've been trying to be the pace car for my life. I've been trying to do all three things stated above on my own, and it hasn't worked in my favor.
My encouragement for you today is this: Let God be the pace car for your life, you won't regret it.