BY: Amy Wagner
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BIBLE TEXT: He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds. –Psalm 147:3
PERSONAL REFLECTION: Sometimes God speaks to you even when you aren’t seeking Him.
Yes, you heard that right.
I’m driving to work, minding my own business, singing along to blah blah Christmas song on the radio. I’m not praying. I’m not worshiping, I’m just going along in my everyday life paying no attention to anything other than my speedometer. In fact, I’m actually getting frustrated because I’ve gotten behind a slooooowwww tow truck which has caused a slower than acceptable speed limit on the interstate. Nothing frustrates me more and gets me out of focus from God than my road rage. Sooo, God (with his witty humor and timely smacks upside my head) decides to open my eyes to the back of this tow truck in front of me. In one instant He grounds me in his grace.
Have you really looked at the back of a wrecker? Me either. Until today. Take a look:
Jesus in a tow truck. Hmmm….
Just like a broken down car on the side of the road, we are stranded in sin. We could sit there, unable to move, in the dark and alone with no hope…until we make that call. Jesus comes to our aid, lifts us up, and carries us to safety. No matter how damaged and broken we are, He heals us. It may be a quick fix or a long process of repairs. Will it hurt? Maybe. Whether it’s a little or a lot, it will definitely cost us something. But whatever the cost, whatever the process, we will be put back onto the road with new life, with a new focus, and ready to get to our destination in style.
PERSONAL APPLICATION: In today’s times people want to take God out of everything: out of our schools, government, and workplace. He isn’t welcome anywhere anymore without controversy. But….Jesus is everywhere, even when we aren’t looking for him. He’s in your Christmas blessings, your children, and yes….in the back of a tow truck.
PRAYER: Father, you are so faithful to be where we need you. In the darkness of night or the dew of the morning, you are waiting for us to call upon your name so that you can lift us and repair the brokenness within us. Thank you for being watchful, for being “on call” and being there even in moments when we aren’t necessarily seeking you.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
The Wagner family has been part of the Life Assembly family for almost 10 years. John and Amy are part of the youth leadership and teach Sunday School for middle and high school.