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We went out of town a few days ago and there is something about getting away that refreshes my perspective on life. Yes, the destination is nice, but I always look forward to the road trip part of it. Something about seeing the country, the open fields, the rolling hills, the breath taking sunsets, together it all calms my world.
One night we drove to Chick-fil-A because it was getting late and we hadn’t eaten yet. I don’t know about you all, but sometimes you just gotta drive thru and eat in your car on the parking lot. Going in, finding a table, ordering just takes a little more effort than you want to give for a 9:00 p.m. dinner, you know? Talk about first world problems!
After we had driven thru and finished eating, we were getting ready to leave. Our car wouldn’t start. It’s only two years old. The push button start was not working. The lights on the dash were going crazy! I’m sure you’ve seen those movies (s/o to the 90’s) where the awesome electronic whatever starts smoking and blinking. That’s basically what our dashboard was doing – without the smoke! My dad figured it was a dead battery.
Do y’all know how long it takes for a company to come give you a ride or jump your car on a Saturday night of a holiday weekend? Since we were still at Chick-fil-A, I thought it would be at least worth a try to see if by any way someone from CFA had jumper cables and could give us a jump. Come to find out, one of the kitchen guys had to jump someone a few days before and still had his jumper cables in his car! (Insert praise hands emoji!)
We had backed into a parking spot and no one had parked next to us. Can you find a better parking spot if your battery is going to die? The manager gave us a jump and we drove to replace the battery.
I can’t help but feel a huge reminder from God. A few hours before the battery incident, I read this verse, “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged,” Deut. 31:8.
How amazing! God knew we would be at CFA when our battery died. God knew what parking spot and that backing in would be easiest to jump. God knew the guy had just jumped someone a few days earlier. How much more did we need to see that God went before us in that situation?
Not all situations are that easy to see that God goes before us, but even when we cannot see it, He does. Not only does He go before us, but He also never leaves us! That is the God we serve! How easy it is to turn to our circumstances and get caught up in the troubles of this world. The verse continues, “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
Friend, when your battery dies, when life becomes just too much to process, when you drive thru CFA at 9:00 p.m. for dinner because that’s kind of how life feels – dysfunctional, late, hectic – hold on to this. God will never leave you. He will never forget about you. He loves you. He will be your source of strength. That is the best “jump” any battery could possibly receive. Even though you may not see Him, God is still there.
Psalm 121:5 says, “The Lord watches over you – the Lord is your shade at your right hand.” Everyone has a story. I may not know yours, but I do know that when your battery dies and your hope dims, lean on God. He will carry you through.