Several times on the way home Saturday night with our five youngest children in our van, my husband noted that something was wrong with the steering. He thought maybe it was just the black icy roads, yet whenever we came to a curve or turn, the van just did not seem to handle well. We did not think too much of it once we got home. Maybe because we did not want to. This is the slower time for my husband’s business and who wants to think of paying for car repair bills. We did not go to church Sunday morning since we had sick little ones. Sunday afternoon we had to pick up our older children from a winter retreat. Not even thinking of the steering problems of the previous night, we left. Our driveway has a slight incline, that can be hard to get out of on these long wintery days, and as my husband turned to steering wheel at the end of the driveway,we stopped. We weren’t going anywhere.
The tie rod at the front came loose. One wheel was going one way, the other turning the opposite direction. We were so thankful this did not happen when we took our young children out the previous night. It could have been very dangerous, even life threatening. Instead, it happened at the end of our driveway. I am so thankful for the way God protected our family and even others that could have been around us.
We ignored the warning signs. We just did not want to think about repairing a car. Sometimes when we do this ignoring, we hope it will just disappear. Our Christian walk can be the same way. I think of the little quote someone wrote in one of my Bibles inside the front cover:
Sin will keep you from this Book.
This Book will keep you from sin.
God gives us many warnings and guidelines throughout His Word. We can become overwhelmed with life, with bills (and car repairs) and neglect going to Him. The warning signs are there- we become unhappy, more irritable, worried about tomorrow. We are missing God’s directions in His Word, giving us peace, reminding us He’s not forgetting us, giving us promises for that day for that time in our lives.
What cautions AND promises does God want to give you today? Have you visited His Word?
This week, Amy is hosting “In ‘Other’ Words” on her blog, In Pursuit of
Proverbs 31. Be sure to visit her site and the links to the other women who have shared on this quote. Then come back here on Friday, for next Tuesday’s new quote for In ‘Other’ Words. Be blessed.