Dead Battery

Monday, March 15, 2004

Psalm 25:5 – Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. (NIV)

We grow so used to things always being in place and ready to go. The other morning, my husband said goodbye, went out to open the garage door and to start the car, only to re-trace his footsteps back into the house. "Dead battery."

It so happened that it was one of those frigid days, and of course he was not the only one with a dead battery. It would be a three- or four-hour wait until the car could be serviced. That put a halt for the day to all the things he was going to do.

I thought over how often we take for granted that things will work properly, and how helpless we feel when something like a dead battery comes along unexpectedly.

When we are in a situation, feeling helpless, we have two alternatives, just like a battery has two terminals. We can look at the positive side and accept things for the way they are. That gives us God's power to make something good out of the situation. Alternatively, we can look at the negative side, and be frustrated and angry. That not only achieves nothing, just like the dead battery in the car, but it is usually destructive.

Though we are sometimes prevented from doing something or going somewhere, I often find myself with the positive thought that perhaps God doesn't want us to go anywhere at this particular time, for a reason not known to us.

Let's learn to give thanks to God, remembering that when we are frustrated, God still has a good plan for us. We need to have trust in God and to be patient, waiting for His guidance, and for His will to be done.

John 14:1 – Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. (NIV)

Prayer: O Lord, bless us who come to You this day seeking Your guidance in all we attempt to do. Help us to be positive and not be negative, for negative thoughts achieve nothing. Teach us patience and trust in You as we strive to do Your will. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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