Jesus, Take Our Wheels (and Hold Them On!)

Amy Jones
We just paid a bill of $1195 to have our car fixed. Can I get an “Ouch!”? Yeah.

And yet I was excited to get that quote from our mechanic friends. Why? Because the dealership, to whom we took our 15-year-old Trailblazer first, wanted to charge us $2700! That’s way more than an “ouch.”

I’ve been blasting praises left and right, out loud and on Facebook, that God is so good because He saved us over $1500 on this car bill. And, yes, I’m grateful to hang on to that money.

But there’s something bigger that He’s impressing on me right now—something that I really haven’t wanted to think about: our wheels were about to fall off. We’ve driven to Florida, Nashville, and taken weekly trips to Paducah on wheels that were about to fall off.  We had thought all this time that our brakes were squeaking. Nope. Our wheels were about to fall off!!!

I don’t tell many people this, but the one fear monster I’ve battled more than any is highway traffic. David knows firsthand how jumpy I’ve gotten over the years in car trips. I’m not sure where it started—I’ve never been in a big accident—but it’s been a true battle. Since my brain fiasco, that fear has been 100 times better and I’m sure I’ve been a much better passenger.

But the thought of our wheels falling off does give me pause.
I think my point is that there’s always a bigger picture. I’ve been so grateful to be able to hang onto some extra savings, when all this time God has been holding our car together, saving our lives and maybe other people’s.

Our lives are always in His hands.

Civil War General Stonewall Jackson said, “My religious beliefs teach me to feel as safe in battle as in bed. God has fixed the time of my death. I do not concern myself with that, but to be always ready whenever it may overtake me. That is the way all men should live, and all men would be equally brave.”

More importantly, Jesus said, “…do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:25‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

So, yes, we should be good stewards of our money and our lives, and it was good stewardship that led David to go to the mechanic for a quote after hearing what the dealership had to say. But that was all God, the wheels were held on by God, and the fact that I’m writing this now is all by his design.

So live for Him today, and don’t worry. He’s got you.

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