When I was a teen, I drove the family car until I got my own car. I couldn’t wait to have a car that I could call my own. I mean, driving a 197(?) Chevy Impala was a little much. I felt like I was driving a ship or something. While still in high school, my parents bought me a 197(?) Red Ford Fiesta! Now THAT was more my style… well not really, but it was “mine”. It was mine, yet my parents did everything to give it to me…. Sounds almost like a toddler.. Mine, mine, mine.
This picture makes this car look all sexy and romantic. Who wouldn’t want to take a drive out to the beach and raise the hatchback and enjoy each others company? It looks like a dream!
Here are some of the less than dream situations that happened with this car:
1) when the temperature was below 50, it didn’t want to start. Many nights as I was leaving work, I had to have friends help me start this car.
2) the fuse that controlled the windshield wipers went out on a day when rain poured down in torrents. I drove with my head out the window. As I was getting soaked, the inside of the car was also being bathed. I looked much like Jim Carrey driving in Ace Ventura except not nearly as happy
3) and to realize, during a time of fun with several people in the back, that the tires were bald and you could see wires coming through. Want to know how I found that? With all the extra weight, as I turned a corner, my backend slid – almost fishtailing around that corner. All of my friends screamed and cheered, do it again, do it again… because my mom reads this, I will not confirm nor deny whether I actually took another spin (pun intended) around that curve.
Have you ever wondered, if God really knows everything, is in control of everything and can do anything why He would allow adversity to enter our paths? As children, we can think like that at times. I mean, why would my parents put me in a car that wouldn’t start when the temperature was cold, fuses go out and tires go bald? Shouldn’t they have known that would happen and saved me from that?
As I was reading through Psalms 91, I see, He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. It’s a safe place for us. In verses 3 & 4 I see: He who delivers, He will cover and He’s faithful. The word shadow means a few things to me: 1) bigger than me 2) gone before me.
I also see in vs 5-10 there is specific warning of what will come and not to be afraid. If my parents would have told me, your car may not start at times, fuses may blow and tires will need to be replaced but don’t worry about it, we’ll take care of it when it happens, may have made my experiences easier to deal with.
Here’s the best part for me in Psalm 91, it’s these verses:
I want to be so in love with the Lord, not in love with what He gives, but with Him! He gives us a secure place to dwell, He warns us of adversity and when we love Him He saves us from it all.
My parents had experience with owning a vehicle. There was more to know than just getting in and driving wherever. There were responsibilities that came with this territory and with that, also came adversity. I had to learn the hard way that just because they graciously gave me a car, they didn’t have to keep me free from trouble. That was on me. However, I did take refuge in knowing they were a dime call away from help.