In a recent devotional, Max Lucado likened taking a dirty car into a carwash as being similar to what God does to us at the moment of salvation — He washes us clean and sends us back on the road with a new spirit. Max’s metaphor jarred my memory as a similar parallel.
A Tahoe and a Camry sandwiched me in a traffic jam. In spite of taking exceptional care of my two year old, Acura, others in my vicinity, who are less careful, can cause damage. Even though the Holy Spirit abides within us, we are not exempt from bumps and bruises. In fact, sometimes those bumps and bruises are the best things that can happen to us — they make us grow! We become more mature Christians with greater empathy for others thus better equipped to give help or bring comfort to others in need.
The worst part of this car experience for me — my front license plate became crumpled by the impact yet no damage to the front bumper. I chose plates which match my car, and used my inventive “phonetic” spelling of my first name with my other initials. I am probably more proud of my license plate than my car! Silly, but that’s persnickety me.
Fortunately, my appointment that morning was not time sensitive. And I met two new friends! Romans 8:28 – “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
The reason the incident happened became clear a couple of weeks later. In the process of separating, my alien spouse decided to decrease my support. My immediate response of cutting back on expenses included exchanging my new car for an older used car. Being held up in the shop kept me from possibly making a costly mistake. God takes such good care of His children in big and small ways!