Today’s meme had me laughing, hard. For so many reasons! I’ve been that person in the car and I’ve been the person watching the people in the car. Who hasn’t?! We have all been so focused on the problem that we can’t see the answer right in front of us!
Today, however, there are two sides to the coin. Let’s discuss the first side, first. The people in the car…
Seriously, how many of us have been the couple in the car? Life is handing us a lot of problems. We are drowning in our busyness, our problems, our health issues, our family issues, our spiritual dryness…. this list could go on and on. We are so focused on those issues and finding the answer that we don’t even see the answer.
You see, the couple in the car is so focused on finding the key the way their brains think it should be found, that they can’t think outside of the box enough to check the door. Something so easy, yet they can’t see it. Something so available, yet they can’t grab it. They are stuck in the car with the answer.
We are often like that with our problems. We are so fixated on fixing them ourselves or our way. Maybe we aren’t even looking to fix them, we are just wallowing in them. Yet, as Christians, we have access to the one true living God. He promises us salvation. He promises us comfort and peace. He has given us the Bible with all of its answers. Yet we don’t use it. Our key is right there for us to use, but we are so stuck on focusing on the problems that we don’t see it.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.Proverbs 3:5-6
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.John 14:27
That’s only one side of this coin. The other side is about the people watching. How often have we seen someone, or some people, drowning in life? Have we shown them the answer? Have we pointed them to the Bible or a set of verses to help lift them up? After all, if one person had just tapped the window of that car and pointed to the key, I’m sure the people inside would’ve figured it out. They would’ve been able to find the key to their issue.
I know that when I’ve been in the car, focused on all my problems I was drowning so much that I couldn’t see the obvious answer, I was warring with God. I was practically begging for someone to point me to an answer. Many times, no one did. Although I was able to eventually get out of the situation (only by God’s grace, discipline, and mercy), I can’t help thinking that a little help along the way may have made the journey a little less scarring.
But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?1 John 3:17
So when we think about this meme and the spiritual implications, think to where you are now. Are you in the car? If so, take time for God. Push those things aside and just talk to him, pouring it all out. Don’t forget to thank him for things he has given or done for you. Open up his word and seek your answers there. Seek out an accountability person to walk through this with you. Someone who can point you to his word and his promises.
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.Hebrews 4:12
If you are not inside the car, then you are obviously outside of it. Are you seeing someone stuck in their car? It can be hard to reach out to people. Maybe you have feelings of embarrassment or you feel like you don’t know enough. Push that aside. Reach out. Just ask the person how you can pray for them, ask if they need someone to talk to. If you know them well enough, you may be able to send them a text/email with Bible verses and just say “I was thinking of you today.” You don’t have to know everything they’re going through to encourage them with God’s word.
Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.Philippians 2:4
Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.Galatians 6:2
Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.Proverbs 12:35
In all cases, we need to remember that we are to encourage and uplift one another. We need to seek our answers from God, not ourselves. If we can all come to each other humbly, with hearts focused on God, the body of Christ can flourish and the people stuck in their cars with a key will diminish
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