Earlier this evening, I sat in rush hour traffic waiting to get onto the freeway. I would stop, move a couple of feet, stop, move a couple of feet, stop, move a couple of feet and...you probably know the drill. I inched my way onto the overpass and stopped at the last light I would have to endure before getting onto the freeway. It turned green and the two cars ahead of me started to move. As I lifted my foot off the brake and pressed the accelerator, my dash suddenly lit up like a Christmas tree and I went nowhere.
As cars began to go around me, I flipped on my flashers and frantically tried to comprehend what was happening. It suddenly occurred to me that my ignition was still in the on position. I switched it off and instinctively attempted to start my car. It roared to life. Hooray!
Just then the light changed and I zoomed down onto the freeway and home. Now, I was about 10 miles or so from home so yes, I was praying all the way. The last thing I wanted was to have my engine shut off when I was doing 70 mph... er... 65.
I arrived safely home. During dinner, my husband gave me one of those looks we wives know so well. Now, I know none of the men here at CB would never give their wives one of those looks but my husband has perfected that look over the past 28 years. If one is married to a K , one has plenty of opportunities to practice "the look" and you must do so... it is in the rule book.
We had to run some errands after supper so I suggested we take my car, since there was nothing wrong with it. I got that "look" again but my husband really had no choice but to say, "Sure".
He got into my car, turned the key in the ignition and... well... AAA just came for my car about half an hour ago. They are hauling it up to our mechanic (a long-time close friend, seriously) who will look at it tomorrow morning.
In times like these, it is easy to look to heaven and wonder where on earth God was. It is easy to wonder why God allowed it to happen or didn't at least show up with a toolbox. It is easy to feel like God abandoned you, let you down or simply doesn't care about you. It is so easy to take our eyes off of Him and turn them upon our circumstances, isn't it. :(
I do believe we must consciously choose to focus on God's promises rather than our circumstances. We must turn our eyes upon God and God alone. His Word tells us:
But the Lord watches over those who fear him, those who rely on his unfailing love.Anyone can quote these words during the good times but can you still quote them in times of trouble and uncertainty?
He rescues them from death and keeps them alive in times of famine. Psalm 33:18-19 (NLT)
We put our hope in the Lord. He is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord, for our hope is in you alone. Psalm 33:20-22 (NLT)This must be the cry of our heart!
As I reflect upon the events of this evening, I realize I can reflect upon what God seemingly did not do or I can reflect upon what I did see Him do. Yes, my car did die on me while I was trying to get on the freeway, but it started again. It did not stop on the freeway and waited until I got safely home before acting up again. We have another car which is not acting up at the moment. While it might not be convenient, I will have a way to get into work tomorrow. Our mechanic friend happened to have taken tomorrow off from work as he is leaving town tomorrow evening for a few days. He and his wife have arranged things so he can look at our car and possibly have it fixed by tomorrow afternoon. If not, he will be home later this weekend and will look at it then. There is more but suffice it to say that when I take the time to look around for "God's fingerprints" in this situation, I can see them everywhere even though my car currently will still not start.
In times like these, I remember that God's eye is always upon me as it is upon all of His children. Everywhere I go, He is right there with me; every step of the way.
I agree. When an inconvenient situation happens, we sometimes wonder why. We question before looking at what God has done. Nice blog! Thanks for sharing. 8^)
My wifes car had that cursed 'check engine' light come on again. I hate those words.:( Ended up being a sensor of some kind. I know exactly how you feel, and I am sure the wife does too! Things here are only temporary, not gonna last, we can be sure of that. But we got the 'eternal' to keep us focused, and give us strength to keep at it. I enjoyed your blog. God Bless. Hope the car gets fixed,
We are never immune to the issues of this world but it is where we choose to focus our eyes that affects how we cope with them.
Great Blog TT.
My truck is gonna be 10 years old this year... and even though it is a Toyota I am always wondering in the back of my mind when it's going to start causing me to have to spend money on it. Thank God that so far I've only had to drop about $5,000 into it, but considering it is only worth about $10-12k, if anything major starts to happen, I'm not too sure what the future for it will hold.
LOL! I have a 2000 Saturn so I know what you mean. I am thankful that I have not had to spend very much on my "new" car which I have had for just under a year. It has served me well and I pray it will continue to do so for some time to come. BTW, it was a sensor but I am now back on the road.
I was sitting in traffic on a rainy day w/my dad and watched helplessly in my rearview window as a speeding van ran into the back of my car. Then he took off! It was surreal. I was stunned, but soon the Lord's peace came over me. I was able to get his plate #, but my car was totaled. (It's a shame too since it ran like a top!) Thank God we were not hurt. He is the God who sees and provides. He is the Prince of Peace. Keep praying those road prayers, He hears us!