Old cars or God?


My friend, may I ask you a question? If we trust in old vehicles to get us from here to there, why is it so hard then, to trust in the Lord in all “other” things that we ought to be sure he has complete control over? God should be more reliable than any old used car we might own?

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


I figure that, over the course of 50+ years behind the wheel, I have driven over 1,000,000 miles in about 26 different vehicles. In that time I’ve had two serious auto accidents without loss of life and only minor injuries. When you think about it, however, there’s great risk whenever you get behind the wheel of something that might be traveling at 70+ mph and is made of parts that can rust, break or fall off. And, since many of the cars I’ve driven aren’t exactly new, I suppose that risk is even greater. Yet, every day I climb into the cockpit of my 20 year-old car and take off, hardly thinking of parts that might be falling off.

If we trust in old vehicles to get us from here to there, why is it so hard then, to trust in the Lord in all “other” things that we ought to be sure he has complete control over? God should be more reliable than any old used car we might own?

Here’s a story from Maria Hanna: One day, a duck was crossing the two-way street. Curious to see what would happen, I expected it to either run from or stop for cars approaching. Amazingly, the duck was walking very, very confidently with steady speed. She did not even bother to look at the cars. Finally, she reached the other side without even being troubled or frightened. I then wondered, if God cares for that duck that much, how much then does He care about His children? If we trust that He hugely cares and arranges the best for us, we will be able to walk in the life streets that are crowded with troubles and worries as much confidently, peacefully and safely as that duck did. However, as that duck was only focusing on the other side of the street, we need to focus our hearts only on God’s promises. “Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall” (Psalm 55:22). (Maria Hanna--Thanks to Daily Wisdom)

Are you overwhelmed with worries of the day? When we think about the duck in that story, we can be comforted to know that if God so cares for that vulnerable little duck, how much he must care for you and I. God tells us in his Word that: “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze” (Isaiah 43:1-2). When you think about it, there’s a whole lot more risk driving into the office every morning, isn’t there?

We pray. Heavenly Father, Lord, I thank you that you are the God of the impossible. You can do anything. I want to trust in your ability and not my own. Teach me to see difficulties in my life from your perspective, to trust in you like we so often trust in things that, perhaps, we shouldn’t trust in at all. Help me to focus on you and your power. I want to be like Joshua and Caleb who believed in a good report and focused on you even in hard circumstances. In Jesus name we pray. Amen! (https://www.crosswalk.com/faith/prayer/a-prayer-for-trusting-god-in-hard-times.html-adapted)

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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