Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Finding God in a dead car battery

My in-laws had just rolled into town.  They had a tiring flight, too many delays and layovers, but they were finally here.  After a great night sleep, they were anxious to start their vacation time in sunny Florida.  So my father-in-law and I hop into the family mini-van to run a few errands.  Click click click.  Click click click. Click click click click click silence.  The car won’t start.  We do what any two seasoned men would do, we lift the hood and stare into a maze of wires, tubes and motor parts.  I locate the battery, buried in a corner underneath some large bar that appears to give support to the front of the car.  After whipping my old truck around into position, we jump start the car with ease...it’s the battery.  The rest of the story is fairly uneventful, except the part of trying to get the battery out, but I will leave that for another time.  In a short amount of time, the battery is replaced and we are humming along.

I began to think all the places my wife and kids have been in the last 48 hours.  They could have been stranded at some very awkward, difficult and even dangerous places, but they weren’t.  The battery died in my driveway, on a Saturday morning when I was home with a day set aside to spend with my in-laws.  I can’t think of a more perfect place and perfect time for a battery to die.  If battery heaven was based on merits, this one was definitely going to battery heaven. 

Finding God in the strangest of places.  Pray today that God’s Spirit will fill you, will control you and surrender your will to Him (Eph. 5:18).  The Greek verb “being filled” is one of ongoing action, it never stops.  You’ll be amazed where you will find God today if you surrender to him now.