I have loved my car. It is the first brand new car I have ever owned and will be my last.
A) too much pressure trying to keep it nice and
B) value lost as you drive it off the lot day one does not sit well with me.
My spouse thought we should get new cars and mine would go to our son who lives a 24 plus hour drive from us.
So, I took it in for its last service. I got new brakes, belts, filters, fluids, anything I could anticipate it needing for the next while. Then I took it to get detailed at my spouse’s request. The car has not looked as good giving it away since day one of ownership!
It has had its share of fender benders and each dent tells a story including the first which was when the car wasn’t even a month old. You see, the last car we owned had reverse beepers to let you know if you were close to something. Since there was no beep and I had become accustom to stopping when hearing it, I backed right into a low to the ground utility box. Oops! I drove around for an hour not wanting to spill the beans about living out A from above.
Oh the memories, the stories, the fun I had in that car.
I don’t want to get a new car. I don’t want to give mine away even if something better is waiting for me on the horizon. Mostly, it is not so much about the car as it is the fact I don’t always adjust to change well.
Yet, God in His infinite wisdom tells us to keep growing and changing and striving to be better than the day before.
Just like that car getting the tools it needed for a long haul drive, we too should be equipping our souls with tools to be prepared for the unexpected.
We need to know when to put on the brakes or change belts or add more fluid.
What do I mean by that?
Well, the longer you walk the road of faith, the more patient you should become. You should exude self control when things don’t go exactly as planned or someone is pushing you beyond what you think you can bare.
Put on the brakes.
Then, change ‘belts’ (aka direction) if need be.
By spending time in the Word (daily) and talking to God you will have all the ‘fluids’ needed to gracefully walk through any situation. And on the rare occasion you blow it (this should be the exception not the rule), go back and start the process over again. Put on the brakes, change the belts, and add more fluid.
Just like a car can’t run without oil or gas, we can’t either if our tanks are running low. Fill up on the Word, soak in His presence by having some be still time, listen to worship music, or just go and sit at His feet seeking His wisdom and mercy. The best way to be ready to fight battle or love the unloveable is to have your love tank full. What will you do today to insure it is?
I heard today of a soldier who had not physically seen his daughter except through FaceTime for ten years! That is how long I have had my car and how long I hope it lasts for its new owner.
But, for a moment; can you imagine the sacrifice that soldier made for those he may never meet and for those of us whom we can never give our thanks? Pause for a moment and really take that in – ten years!
Puts my pity party over the loss of a car in a different light, right?
It is always good to get out of self and try to understand the walk of another.
When we have perspective, it changes how we think and react.
Thank you, Sir, and all those who have stood up for freedom and democracy. We are certainly blessed.
The act of surrendering is the lesson here for me. Do it as often as you can and you too will have stories of blessings to share.
Then, tell them to others as a way to…
“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6.33
Thanks, God, for revealing so many lessons I could learn through the process.
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