The Parable of The Flat Tire
Written by Felicia McKnight
Job 42:2 AMP
“I know that You can do all things, And that no thought or purpose of Yours can be restrained.”
When I went to church last Sunday and received the weekly program I was beyond excited to see one of my favorite preachers would be ministering at our church the following weekend. I looked forward to this all week. The weekend finally made it and I contemplated going to the Saturday service as well as the Sunday service. Saturday came. I made two trips to town that day (about a total of 120 miles on my car). Right when I turned into my neighborhood from the 2nd trip my tire pressure light came on. I made it home and in my garage. When I got out to check the tires all I could hear was air seeping out. I walked around to see which tire and sat there and watched my front, passenger tire deflate before my eyes. It was 6pm. Discount Tire had just closed which means I was going to have to wait until Monday morning to get the official repair. All I could think about was getting to church on Sunday morning.
I called some friends. They came over to change the tire and put my spare on. The problem, the tool that came with my vehicle would not fit the bolts, so he was not able to even attempt to get the screws off. We called a tow truck. The tow truck driver couldn’t get the bolts off of my tire with his tool and his human strength, because they were on too tight. My only other option was to have the car towed on Monday morning. As of Saturday night I was without transportation. I went in the house and prayed my “Fix It Jesus” prayer. I wanted to get to church and not have to watch online. Immediately I remembered a friend of mine who doesn’t live far from me attends the same church and I was able to catch a ride with her. I was able to hear my favorite preacher preach heaven down to earth and was abundantly blessed by the entire worship experience. Whew and Amen!
The morale of this story is that many things come into our life to try to hinder the blessings God has in store for our lives. My hinderance this weekend was a flat tire. Your hinderance may be some other inconvenience, or finances, or difficult person. Just like the air quickly seeped out of my tire we can quickly become frustrated and discouraged. Just like the man couldn’t get the bolts off my tire with his strength we find ourselves facing obstacles we can’t fix with our own human ability. It is designed that way so that we can rely solely on God to be our repairman. We may not know how we will get past the obstacle, but God does. God’s ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts (Isaiah 55:8-9). In every challenge God wants us to walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). We can walk standing on our hope scripture today in Job 42:2 that regardless of what tries to come our way NOTHING can stop God’s plan for your life no matter how difficult it may seem. Whatever the flat tire is that you face today, stand strong in faith knowing it can not restrain God’s plans and blessings for you.
“Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.” (1 Corinthians 16:13)
Be blessed, be encouraged, and be ready for your blessing!
Heavenly Father, thank you that whenever we find ourself in a place of inconvenience that we can still trust that your plans are still in progress. Give us strength to stand through trials knowing the hope is that nothing can hinder the promises and plans you have for us. Every delay and hinderance is just another opportunity to see your glory in new and exciting ways. In Jesus name. Amen