Today was a dreary, rainy, cold and windy day. A blustery day! I was reluctant to leave my warm house this morning but I needed to drive about 20 miles to where my husband was working. Sigh.
I slipped into my car and shivered for a moment. I still have to acclimate myself to the cooler temperatures. I reminded myself that in a month I'd think these temperatures were "tropical" but in the meantime...
I flipped a switch very thankful that my "new" car (it is nine years old but new to me) has seat warmers. Seat warmers? Yes, seat warmers. I've never had them before but I am looking forward to using them a lot this winter!
As I zipped along the highway, I noted the driving rain as well as the waving tree limbs. It was windy out there. It was windy, wet and cold. I could see all of these things but I could not feel the effects. The wind, the rain and the cold were unable to touch me. Why? Because I was within the shelter of my vehicle. I was enjoying my warm seat, listening to my favorite CD and singing at the top of my lungs. While it is true that the rain threatened to obscure my view, that was quickly remedied by my windshield wipers.
I can't help but think about how this relates to our lives as Christians. We may be "driving" through a storm but we are sheltered in Him... surrounded by the Fortress of God. We may see the winds blow but they do not have to touch us. The driving rain may threaten to obscure our view but when we apply the Holy Spirit, we are able to see clearly. Despite the cold, we are wrapped in the warmth of His love and protection. I am so thankful that I am surrounded by Him... and are you!
I remember well the first car I ever owned that had heated seats. It was winter and my Bro-in-law was in hospital for one of his regular two week building up sessions.
This day as I took my mum-in-law to visit him I thought I could have a little fun on the way. So, I turned the heater on under her seat until she started to squirm, then I turned it off.
I kept this up until she actually asked if there was something wrong with the car as her seat kept getting very hot, and she was afraid that a wire was overheating. My poor mum-in-law, I'm not sure she ever forgave me for that.