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Psalm 139:14 – I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. (NKJV)
Recent car problems found us searching the owner's manual and then the Internet for repair information. Once my husband felt that he had all the details he needed, he then tackled taking the dashboard of the car apart. Once the source of the problem was located, he had me drive a few days with a part of the dash missing. I had never really taken the time to think about how this part of the car worked. To me, whenever I flicked the turn indicator, the light would flash. Whenever I turned the car on, a light would tell me to fasten my seat belt. Now, though, with all this exposed for me to see, I saw wires and lights and little connections that went from here to there all through the back side of my dashboard. What appeared on the front side to be just lights and signals was all a part of a much bigger network of wires and lights.
There are some things in life that I don't question or even take the time to think about how they work. The car is one of them. I expect to get in and turn it on and drive away. It is not until something goes wrong and it doesn't start that I begin to look deeper under the hood and start to ask the "why" questions.
This got me thinking about how we Christians appear to the world. On the outside, our words and actions are capable of claiming who we are, but we need to be able to explain to people and show by our example how the Christian life works inside, in our everyday life. When people know we are Christians, they are watching us closely to see if we walk the walk like we talk the talk. When adversity comes our way, how do we handle it? For me, I find that in each such instance now, it takes me less time to reach to the One who has proven faithful in my life. Prior to becoming a Christian, I would panic and worry and get nowhere fast in difficult situations, stewing all the time on the inside. Now that I am in Jesus, He resides on the inside and takes care of the details for me. Then I can go out in faith that He is just and will provide for and protect me.
Prayer: Dear Jesus, we praise and thank You that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. We thank You that You know us both inside and outside, and that You live in us so that we can live to Your glory outwards to a lost and hurting world. Lord, help us shine from the inside out. It is in Your Son's precious name that we pray. Amen.