I love turnovers of all kinds, but this week I especially like when my car “turns over” and actually starts. How many times have you put your key in your ignition and turned the switch only to hear, ruh-ruh, ruh-ruh, ruh-ruh! It’s not a fun moment. This happened to me on Monday. I ended up having my car towed because the choke was broken and needed to be fixed. I had to change my plans. I ended up staying home more than I normally would because I had no means of transportation. I was able to get my Christmas decorations taken down and put away. I got caught up on my writing after a long holiday break. The fact that my car wouldn’t turn over ended up being a good thing for me. I slowed down and took inventory of what needed to be done right here, right now.
Compare this to traveling Route 66. I begin the year with a goal in mind. I start my car and down the road I go at a speed I determined. Until one morning I awake and the words on the page are a blur. Reading at my normal pace is difficult. My thoughts are drawn to everything BUT the Word of God. It is as if my car won’t turn over. I’m stuck! What do I do? Slow down and ask God what He is after in the obvious break down. We often think when our car won’t start that it messes up our plan. But the truth is, God’s plan is never thwarted. He is with us when our cars won’t turn over, and He is with us when His Word is a blur to us. All we must do is ask for His help to get towed through these types of days. There is something of good in the process whether we recognize it or not.
The point is are we on this journey to see if we can finish? Or are we on this journey because we want to spend the time with God? If it’s the former – there will be many frustrating days ahead. If it’s the latter, be encouraged to know He is with you when your car stalls and when your car moves at full speed.
“And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:20b ESV