The check engine light had been on so long I didn’t even notice it any more.
We are a one car family. Not because we have to, but because we have to. So we go through the difficult work of planning, negotiating and rescheduling this and that, depending on who demonstrates a greater need or ability to negotiate. It has helped to simplify our activities and lighten the load of expensive gasoline. Dont get me wrong, I am far from being green, in fact I would much rather drive an SUV over the compact, sheet metal overcoat we currently enjoy. So off to the shop went the Hyundai.
Hyundai like Sunday.
“I just can’t tell you with any certainty that A or B is what’s wrong with your car”. Charlie seems like a nice, honest mechanic as he relays the conflicting diagnostic report. “What I can do is chase down problem A for X more amount of dollars”.
Chase it down, Charlie. We are all counting on you.
I was reading the story of Ruth today, from the Bible. It is a pretty amazing story of loss, bitterness, love, redemption and God’s faithfulness. If you have never read it, you should check it out. In the story, Ruth follows some bizarre instructions from her mother in law in order to snag a husband. She lays down at his feet during a harvest camp out and he wakes up, surprised to see a woman at his feet. She tells him what she’s after and his reply is immediate.
“Don’t worry about a thing, I will do what is necessary.”
Maybe it’s just me, maybe it’s just because it Easter, but I was really impacted with the words. “I will do what is necessary”
This story, which is key in the lineage of Jesus, provides just a glimpse of the redemptive picture that God would unleash through His son Jesus and His resurrection, which we celebrate this Sunday.
Sunday like Hyundai.
God frequently speaks to me through the automobile. Usually I find it to be moments of recalibration, an opportunity to get back on the right road. This time it was different. It was a reminder that He is good, and He is great. He reminded me that in my life, in the world I live in He didn’t need a diagnostic test to tell Him what was needed. He knew, and He did what was necessary.
In the words of my friend Tim, “Sacrifice beckoning my surrender. Servanthood calling my submission. Life from death. Hope from loss. Peace from pain. Comfort from conflict. Love. Mercy. Unearned. Unearnable. Unmerited. Undeserved. Restoration and redemption. Simply humbled. Simply grateful.”
Today, is Good Friday. Is your check engine light on?