Many students finished up their high school careers last week and it was a joy to celebrate with the champions and mourn with those who fell short.
My 2004 Chrysler Sebring that served as the FCA car for more than 2 years also finished it’s run. Thanks to Tom Ahl and his General Sales Manager Vince Downing, we were able to work out a deal to get a 2011 Hyundai Sonata that should carry us through the better part of a decade. Thanks also to Lima Community Church, who also helped out in the purchase.
Yesterday, I was driving the Sebring to Tom Ahl to trade it in, when the clock started to flicker. The car wouldn’t switch gears and both the battery light and engine light were illuminated. I hit a string of green lights and had 1 more light left to coast through, at the corner of Allentown and Eastown roads. But the light was red. And it stayed red. I rolled to a stop and as I did, the car stopped. The battery was dead and I was in traffic. Helpless.
Does that ever happen to you? Maybe you haven’t had a car dead in traffic, but you remember a circumstance that made you feel stuck. Perhaps a series of calls and texts over the course of a few hours all brought you bad news. You are trying to push through and do the right thing, but you can’t seem to get any traction.
David knows the feeling all too well. Psalm 40 shows the ‘man after God’s own heart’ in the midst of being in ‘a pit.’
1 I waited patiently for the Lord;
And He inclined to me,
And heard my cry.
2 He also brought me up out of a horrible pit,
Out of the miry clay,
And set my feet upon a rock,
And established my steps.
3 He has put a new song in my mouth—
Praise to our God;
Many will see it and fear,
And will trust in the Lord. 4 Blessed is that man who makes the Lord his trust,
And does not respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.
I’m reminded time after time, where my eyes need to be: not on myself, but on the God who has all the answers. He gives me peace in the pit and then pulls me out.
I had that same peace yesterday. Some guys from All Service Glass pushed my dead car into a nearby driveway until Trevor Howery and two of his co-workers from Tom Ahl came to pull the Sebring the rest of the way to the dealership.
God doesn’t want to leave us in the pit. But He does want us to acknowledge our need for Him. That’s where we get to see the miracle of 2 Corinthians 12:9.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”