If you want to try your own 30-day experiment, here are my rules:

1. First, remove the distractions. I turn off the radio, CD/MP3s, and my phone. One of our enemy’s tactics is to distract us from hearing God’s voice.  So intentionally, give yourself to God for this brief time. Ask, “what do you want to talk about, Lord?”

2. Next, “set your mind on things above,” as Colossians 3:2 tells us.  Why? Because every battle is first fought in the mind. If you’ve ever disciplined yourself to diet, you know that once your mind is made up, you can do almost anything. The same follows for your relationship with God. 

Here’s how you can fight the battle: 

  • Memorize well-chosen Scripture verses in your bubble.
  • Intercede for the people you’ll work with that day. 
  • Establish a podcast schedule of your favorite preachers on interesting topics.

3. Lastly, fill your heart with worship. Now turn on your stereo. 

  • Create playlists of your favorite worship songs. 
  • Listen to a CD of the Psalms being read. 
  • Look for evidence of God’s love as you drive—and thank Him for it. See His hand in the sunrise and thank Him for His promised faithfulness, in the birds and thank Him for His promise to feed them (and you). Look at other drivers and thank Him that He knows their every name and every need. 

Moses asked God, “let me know Your ways, that I may know You...” (Exodus 33:13). The phrase “Your ways” is the picture of a well-traveled passage through a field where someone walks back and forth every day. The passage eventually becomes a path, established by daily traffic.  Traffic...hmmm.  

In my 30-day experiment, my heart turned from “help me cope”—to “help me know You.” As Moses did, if we learn God’s ways (literally, “His paths”), we literally are showing up for relationship.  

When I turn on the car’s ignition my daily prayer has become, “Make me to know Your ways, O LORD; teach me Your paths” (Psalms 25:4). And for the days I forget my goal, I have it written on a 3 x 5 card on the dashboard, right next to my GPS.

You’re probably not surprised that I’ve extended my one month experiment to a lifetime. My commute is no longer driving to my occupation. Knowing the Lord has become my occupation. He is the destination and the journey together.  My commute, my job, my relationships, my challenges—these are all ways that I can give God access to my heart and respond to His invitation to relationship. 

My story is no longer of road rage ready to happen, it is of someone whose time is not wasted—but in God’s hand. On one of my bubble playlists, Susan Ashton sings, “There’s just one thing I’ve got to do // as I search for what to pursue // as for me, I choose to be near to You.”

Barb Peil has realized recently how rich and fruitful it is to be a woman after God’s heart—single or married, young or mature, fulfilled or struggling in any other area of life—doesn’t matter. It all comes down to ‘my heart for God.’ You can read her blog at Letters2Myself.com—a website for all women to seek and share wisdom at every stage of life.

Publication date: December 11, 2012