by Jounda LaMance
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A few months ago I traded cars with a young man – he took my van and left me with his supercharged Camero! As he walked out the door I asked him, ‘is there anything I need to know about your car?’ He replied, just get in and drive.
Okay, well after I climbed through the window (cause the doors didn’t open conventionally) I soon found out that this supercharged car had no power brakes or power steering! Probably wouldn’t have been so bad had I been going to drive down a straight highway – but the road I was heading towards was filled with hairpin curves and a declining path.
Needless to say I did much praying – for the young man who had told me there was nothing special I needed to know (how could he have thought this was no issue) and for the man walking in the middle of the road intoxicated and had no clue that for me to swerve and miss him on a two lane curvy road would be nothing shy of a miracle.
It took strength – more than I had intended to use that day, but I arrived safely at my destination (that is after I fell on my face trying to climb back out the door – my days of climbing in and out car windows has long since past). The young man approached and helped me up, ‘so what-da-ya think?’ We had a discussion about power steering and brakes and doors opening and closing! He still didn’t see anything wrong with his car. It was normal to him!
This incident is still very fresh in my memory! So many people struggle through life! Although God never promised life would be easy – He did promise power steering! He told us that He would be with us!
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned or scorched, nor will the flame kindle upon you. (Isaiah 43:2 AMP)
You see we don’t have to struggle with the steering! Yet so many choose to go through life without power steering! They choose to go through life using every ounce of strength they got to make the smallest of curves!
Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts. (Zechariah 4:6 KJV)
When we submit to God, and commit our lives to Him – He wants to infuse us with the Holy Spirit that will guide us through the hairpin curves and get us to our destination without incident! He wants to be the Power behind the Steering! We simply have to submit to Him!
I am happy to report that the young man in which I mentioned has since given his heart to the Lord and is growing daily (he has also traded cars and now has power steering, brakes and working doors). He is in awe of God’s love and amazed at how God is directing his life! He clearly sees how God delivered him from drugs! It is interesting, because this young man did not grow up knowing about God! No one had ever taken the time to tell him he needed Power Steering!
He said to me one day, “I thought being a Christian was something hard.” He is now learning that when He submits his ideas, agendas, plans and everything else about his life to God – he no longer has to struggle with the steering!
Lord sometimes it is difficult to surrender everything to You when we have grown so accustomed to driving through life without Power Steering! Yet, we know that once we submit to You and seek Your face, and pray and turn from our evil ways, You are there to take control of the steering! Help us to do this today! Also, Lord there are many around us who think it is normal to struggle through life – they have not learned of Your incredible love and power. Give us the wisdom Lord to share with those that cross our paths – about Your mighty love!
In Your Name we pray, AMEN!
© Jounda LaMance October 28, 2006
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'I thought being a Christian was hard'. How many people think that? Too many. It is only hard when we refuse to relent, refuse to let God work through us. I think too many people have the wrong idea completely about God! I had to laugh at the clear mental picture you presented of you, climbing in and out of the car through the window. And falling too! I hope you were dressed properly for this endeavor! Wonderful article! Thanks! Beth