Fuel Gauge Or Destination?

Tuesday, May 7, 2013
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I am sure that I am not the first to be driving along, only to glance down and see the fuel gauge on empty and the red low fuel indicator illuminated. On this particular day, by the time I noticed, I was a very long way from the next town. I am usually very careful not to let the needle go below half full, but a few extra trips for school and training ate up the gas quite quickly this week. I must admit that I was concerned at times about running out of gas, yet I also knew in my heart that it would be okay. There wasn't a sense of panic, but more a sense of peace. Before I accepted Jesus, it would have been a time of sheer panic.

Philippians 4:7 – And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (NKJV)

In this situation, I could have chosen to keep glancing down at the fuel gauge, or to keep my eyes focused on the direction I was going. I did glance down a few times, but for the most part, my eyes were fixed on the destination. Not much different is our walk with God: we can focus on our circumstances and the situation, keeping our eyes fixed on our problem, or we can glance occasionally at them but keep our main focus on God and moving forward with Him. We are to use these life situations to share and tell others of the good news of Jesus Christ and His peace that surpasses all understanding.

Philemon 1:6 – I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ. (NIV)

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank You that we are not on this journey alone, but You are always present, prompting us and showing us the way. Help us to keep in the direction of following You and sharing about You to a lost and hurting world. Thank You for giving us situations in which we must trust You, in order to have good news to share with people that will lead them to You. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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Julie Bowles <julieanni@rogers.com>
Barrie, Ontario, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen Julie.

    How very true this is, Julie, and the truth is that dealing with issues of any kind, in this way, helps us to overcome them with a strength beyond our understanding.
    Thank you for sharing.

    Thank you Julie for expressing so well what I feel.
    We have no need to trouble ourselves and waste our energies with doubts and fears. God is always with us and if we trust in Him he will take care of us.
    May God continue to bless you.

    Dear Julie,
    I assume that you arrived at a filler before running out of gas.
    Thanks for a meaningful and blessing devotional.
    Yes, I have been in the same situation. God does always supply all of our needs. Needs, that is, not necessarily all of our unnecessary wants. He is always present and always cares.
    Keep writing.

    A lovely devotional. Thanks for sharing.

    Thanks Julie for the reminder to focus on Christ instead of the problems around us. Blessings.

    Hi Julie,
    I did not know whose devotional it was but as I real on I began to think. “This sounds like my wife is writing. It was the sentence: “I am usually very careful not to let the needle go down below half way.” that I knew it had to be somebody else. Our needle camps out on the lowest place. She believe F stands for Full and E stands for Enough.
    Anyway I enjoyed to devotional. My eyes are fixed on an up-coming operation but knowing that all my friends will be praying for me puts my gauge right up there on full.

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