Gas Gauge Worries
When my youngest was only four, he became what I’d describe as a worrywart. His anxious days began the day we got in the car and found the tank on empty. The previous driver had left us to drive on fumes. I told my older son to pray we’d make it to the gas station or we’d be walking.Little did I realize that my youngest had soaked in the entire conversation. Every time after that, when we would climb in the car, he would check the gas gauge. When the car started, I’d look in the rear-view mirror and watch him rise up in his seatbelt craning his head up to look. “Mom,” he’d say, “We need gas; we’re on empty.”
Sometimes he’d relax and sit back, trusting that I knew what I was doing, but on other occasions he insisted that we definitely should stop for fuel. “But Mom, it’s on “E”. We’re going to run out.” (Somehow, at four, he figured out that “E” meant Empty and “F” meant Full.)
“No,” I’d say. “We still have one-fourth of a tank. That’s plenty to get to church and back.”
This went on for years. He watched that needle like a faithful dog guarding his owner. If he thought the gauge was too close to “E,” I’d hear those ever-familiar words: “Mom, we need gas.”
My son wouldn’t trust me to know when we needed to refuel. Did he think I was dumb enough to actually drive the car until we sputtered to the side of the road from an empty tank? He refused to relax and trust that I had things in control.
As I dealt with this amusing incident with my son, I realized that spiritually I am similar. I worry about things that should be in God’s hands. When opportunities come for us to realize that God is in control, do we trust Him, or do we wring our hands in anxiety? My son refused to trust me. How many times are we the same with God? When He brings challenges our way, do we worry, or do we depend on Him to get us through? He’s in the driver’s seat. Let’s sit back and relax. He has a plan and purpose in mind, and He knows what it will take to get us there.
QUOTE: “What is faith? It is total dependence upon God that is supernatural in its working. People with faith develop a second kind of sight. They see more than just the circumstance; they see God, right beside them…nothing else touches the heart of God as much as when His children simply trust Him wholeheartedly.” —Jim Cymbala, Fresh Faith.
“An evil person suffers much pain, but the Lord’s faithfulness overwhelms the one who trusts in him,” Psalm 32:10 NET.
Today’s devotional is by Carin LeRoy, wife to Dale, mother of three grown children and one high school teenager. She has served as a missionary with PIONEERS since 1982. Her passions are family, playing and teaching piano, missions, and writing stories that show glimpses of God.