Have you ever ridden in a car with an aggressive driver? They seem perfectly at ease, darting in and out of traffic while you hang on for dear life. Of course, it’s completely normal to be nervous when somebody else is in control of your life, but for some this can be debilitating. 

Amaxophobia is a medical term used to describe the fear of riding as a passenger in a motor vehicle. People who suffer from this disorder are often able to drive themselves around just fine, but they are overcome with fear and anxiety when somebody else takes the wheel. 

“In God I have put my trust; I will not fear.” – Psalm 56:4

Life in this world can be a lot like living with amaxophobia. We want to be in charge of our own destinies, but the future is largely unpredictable and our circumstances are often beyond our control. It’s important to remember that, while we may not know what the future holds, we can trust the One who holds our future. 

You may have heard the popular song, “Jesus, Take The Wheel” by Carrie Underwood…

Jesus, take the wheel
Take it from my hands
‘Cause I can’t do this on my own
I’m letting go
So give me one more chance
And save me from this road I’m on
Jesus, take the wheel


Internally, it is vital that we learn to exercise self-control. When we fail, Jesus stands ready to forgive, help and guide us. Externally, it’s equally important to trust Him with the things we cannot change. By letting God take the wheel, we can be certain that He will bring us safely to our destination. With God as our driver, we can rest with a peaceful confidence on this highway of life.  


Lord, there are so many things that I feel helpless to change, both inside and out. Today, I commit them all to you and I ask you, Jesus, to take the wheel. Forgive my sins, I pray, and guide me safely through this journey. Amen.