A few weeks ago I was following my husband back from a car dealership where we had just bought a used vehicle that gave our kids more room. I was very happy to have him out there with me because the traffic was crazy. As we made the exit to go home, my husband picked a lane that I knew was going to land him in the wrong lane to make our turn that was coming up soon, so I picked a different lane, hoping to guide him over. Turns out I got stuck being guided over--into a turning lane that was not for the street I wanted to turn on. Up ahead, my husband eased himself on over into the correct lane and there I sat in the wrong lane, and getting left behind and having to take an alternate route home.
Maybe this lesson is not crystal clear to anyone else--but boy! Was it to me! God used it to teach me a few things (all the way home, lol):
1) My husband is my protection, and even if he seems to be going the wrong way, I will be protected if I follow him.
2) I do not know everything.
3) GOD is my protection, and He is NEVER wrong, so even if I am confused by the "lane" He is choosing, it is not up to me to go my own way.
Am I a capable, independent woman with a great sense of direction? Yup. Was I right about my husband's lane choice? Yes, again. But somehow, probably because I do not know everything, my being right did not help. I still stepped out from under my husband's protection, and was guided by other people into a lane I did not want to be in. I know my way around the city, and got home fine, but I did NOT like being in that area of town without my protection.
God knows best. He put my husband over me--not because I am some naive little girl who can't think for myself, but because He knows best. He created me, and knows exactly what I need. He gave me the husband that is best for me. Now, of course, if my husband started doing something that was clearly unBiblical, I would not follow, but that's never the case. It doesn't mean I don't have a opinion, either. My husband and I discuss things almost ad nauseum, before we make a decision that is almost always what both of us feels is best. Where I run into trouble is taking authority upon myself--authority that's not mine to take--and "pick a lane" when it isn't mine to pick. I'm almost always then left out all by myself, watching my husband drive off in a direction that ended up being right in the first place.
I was so thankful for this lesson! It's burned into my brain, and I hope I never stop learning from it.