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October 13, 2012

Standing on a firm foundation

I Thessalonians 5:16-18: “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

One Sunday morning a couple of months ago I had a short list of errands to do on my way to church. Immediately following church, my family and I were leaving to go out of town for the week. I woke up early (as we often do on days we are going to travel, having slept fitfully thinking of the trip), got ready, got out the door as fast as possible — double checking to make sure nothing was forgotten, that I would not lose precious minutes going back to retrieve an item left behind. You can imagine the feeling I had when I started the car and heard a terrible rattling sound that had not been there the night before. “Oh Lord,” I prayed, “please just let me get these few things done before the car breaks down and I’ll deal with repairing it when we get home next week!”

As I drove (rattling continuing, but in my hopeful imagination not getting worse) I wondered how something could have gone so wrong with the car. It sounded like it was a step away from the junkyard! But we had just had the car in the shop recently for regular maintenance and nothing was found wrong. How could something have gone so awry so quickly?

I finished my errands and got to church safely. A man well-versed in cars told me it was simply a lost screw on the underneath of the car that produced the metallic rattling — a repair would be quick and easy. In fact, I had been correct to trust in the regular maintenance we had been putting into the car — nothing was terribly wrong. Building a foundation of regular care for the car paid off.

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