Never stranded?


My friend, may I ask you a question? If God wrote the book on how to live our lives, does he knows better than we do what works best and when? Would we do well to seek his advice before we try to make changes or repairs to our lives?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.


Several years ago when we were replacing a faucet in the upstairs bathroom Holly correctly suggested that I go into the basement and shut off the line valve feeding that line. Since I had installed a master valve in the basement ceiling on that line years prior I didn’t foresee a problem. “No problem.” I said. I removed a panel in the basement ceiling, located the valve and shut it off. “How did you know it was there?” she asked rather surprised as I finished lowering the panel to the floor. “You went right to the exact place in the ceiling and took off one board and it was there.” “I put it there when I installed the line years ago. I just know where it is.” I replied matter-of-factly. I just know where everything is for the most part because I installed a lot of plumbing and electrical in the house when we first moved in. The wiring map and plumbing layout for the house is up here, in my head. I didn’t write it down except for the installment memory in my head. The only one who knows where things connect and where the shut-off’s are, is, well, me. If it needs repair and fixing, I know where and how to do it. The book is in my head.

When it comes to knowing what needs to be fixed in our lives however, it’s not that simple, God wrote the book, so he knows better than we do and we would do well to ask him before we try to install any changes or make repairs in our lives.

Here’s a story: In the early days of the automobile a man’s Model-T Ford stalled in the middle of the road. He couldn’t get it started no matter how hard he cranked nor how much he tried to advance the spark or adjust things under the hood. He was just about to give up when he spied a large, black limousine in the distance headed his way. It pulled up behind him, and a wiry, energetic man stepped out from the back seat and offered his assistance. After tinkering for a few moments the stranger said, “Now try it!” Immediately the engine leaped to life. The stranded motorist thanked the man and then asked him how he knew what to do? The well-dressed individual then identified himself as Henry Ford. “I designed and built these cars,” he said, “so I know what to do when something goes wrong.” (Author unknown)

As our creator God knows how to “fix” us when our lives are broken by sin. Hebrews 4:13 states: “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” When our lives seem to be coming apart and we just don’t seem to be able to put them back together, who better than God to make the repairs? The good thing about that is that he knows and doesn’t need to refer to a printout to make the changes that are needed. That’s the chief reason why it’s pointless to try and fix them by ourselves. God knows better than we do. If you’re pulled over on the road of life, puzzled by what’s not working and just can’t get your life started again, try calling on the mechanic who put you together in the first place, the One who has your life’s blueprint imbedded in his mind. Take it for granted that when you are broken down and just not able to go, his spiritual limo is always nearby and we never have to be concerned that he won’t be willing to stop and repair what he made in the first place.

We pray. Heavenly Father, life is filled with breakdowns, times when we our lives are broken and we aren’t able to make them run smoothly again. We instinctively believe that if something is wrong there must be a simple fix? Forgive us Lord when we seek the answers first in ourselves and not in you, when so often we don’t even know the questions, alone the answers. In Jesus name we pray. Amen

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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