There are few things more unnerving than seeing a light come on your dashboard as you are driving. Whether it is the low tire pressure, the gas light, or the vague maintenance required, suddenly you are looking for a gas station or trying to figure out how bad it is and can you get home without having to stop and address the issue. Depending on the person, the light may stay on indefinitely without the issue being addressed until major damage is done to the engine. Others might contact their mechanic in the morning to get the vehicle checked out.
In my time as a driver, I have had nearly all the different dashboard warning lights come on at one time or another. The battery light, the engine light, low tire pressure, all of them. I’ve also walked out to the car and found the tire flattened with no spare tire causing a sense of frustration and concern. These are things that must be repaired in order for the vehicle to work as it was intended.
Yet, how many of us are walking on our faith journey with our dashboard lights on? We have low tire pressure, unable to carry on in our tasks because of a leak in our buoyancy or joy. We cannot encourage others when we are dragging in our spirits. It’s time to get the tires repaired or replaced so that you can continue on your journey and help carry others along with you.
When the gas light comes on in our walks, it’s a sign that we are desperately in need of spiritual fuel. Time with God in quiet, Sunday mornings in community with other believers, a Bible study, all of these are ways we can be refueled with the high octane that can only come from the Throne Room of God (Romans 15:13).
The one that I think causes me the biggest concern in my own walk is the battery light. When this is on it means that I cannot even begin, I am at a full stop. There is no way to pop the clutch and get the
vehicle to go forward. Sometimes, the engine is so “dead” that nothing is
coming on in the dashboard. It is time for a connection to the Source. The Holy Spirit has to come in and resuscitate me (2 Corinthians 12:9).
As we enter the holiday season many of us are already shining our fuel lights. We have been trying to balance work, school, activities, committees, and sports for the past four months. Now we add in Thanksgiving with the unrealistic image of Norman Rockwell’s Freedom from Want painting to the mix and we are ready to run and hide with a blanket and Netflix to binge watch.
Dear Ones, I do not want to overwhelm you. My prayer for you and for me is that we will pay attention when the lights come on and that we will respond with the correct action. No more trying to one more mile down the road when the fuel light is on. No more trying to patch an old tire when the tire pressure light comes on.
It’s time to recognize the maintenance we need to walk, run, and serve with optimal power and love (2 Corinthians 9:8). God never told us to try to do it all by ourselves. He said He would be with us always (Matthew 28), and that He would never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).
He is the ultimate AAA service for our brokenness.