It was one of those horrible, terrible, rotten kind of days. My kids were screaming and yelling while I taxied them around town after school, one extra-curricular activity to another. I felt like pulling my hair out since my husband was out-of-town. Honestly, I was at my wit’s end.
I kept telling myself “You just have to get home. Get home. Make it till 8 pm and then put them all put to bed.” It’s one of those pep talks that happens inside your head. But just when you think you can finally pull through from the belly of the whale, and come back up for some fresh air…my day worsened. My tire blew. During rush hour. And of course, it felt like it was 110º.
I pulled over to the side of the road to check the damage and knew that all the mechanics in town would be closed. I wished I had paid more attention when my dad tried to teach me the basics of using a car jack and putting on a spare. But it was too late… I knew I didn’t have a clue.
I called a tow truck to come to the rescue and thankfully, out of the blue, my neighbor pulled up and offered to drive my kids home (she had no idea what she was getting herself into). I waited and waited and waited and waited for hours and hours on end. One tow truck arrived, but with discouraging news, “Sorry ma’am, I don’t have the right kind of truck to pull your over-sized, gas-guzzling giant machine” and so I waited some more.
The man arrived with snarly long hair and tattoos up and down his arms. You could tell that he also was having a bad day by the length of cuss words protruding from his mouth. He struggled to get my car jimmy-rigged to his and instantly I could tell this wasn’t going well. And so, I asked him a simple question, “Tell me your story…how did you wind up here?”
I had no idea that on that miserable day Jesus would do a miracle on the side of the road. I was able to share Jesus with that man and he asked Jesus to come and change his life!
I will never forget that day! God used it to change me too! Sharing our stories about our messy lives…in our marriages, children, friendships, churches, illnesses, and broken-down cars…is what it is all about. It is the consistent, everyday, practical pattern of faithfulness that yields fruitfulness. If we boast, may we boast in the Lord.
If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness. 2 Cor. 11:30
Our text today comes from 2 Cor. 11:30-33, 12:1-6. Paul shares how he was let down in a basket to escape the King. Despite his prestigious lineage and heritage, Paul became a man on the run. A fugitive. An outcast. And then in this weak moment, God stepped in and spared his life.
Paul goes on to share another story about a supernatural experience that he encountered with God. Take special notice that he cannot explain whether or not it was an “in the body or out of the body” experience (v. 3). He goes on to say…it doesn’t matter how the supernatural mystery occurred. “God knows.” We don’t have to know everything.
God knows. Isn’t that enough?
Sometimes we go to such depths and lengths and heights and widths trying to understand and explain the mysteries of God. We cannot always make sense of things that happen in this world. We spend wakeless nights trying to figure out what we did wrong or how we can fix it to make it all better again. We try to explain the supernatural. We try to come up with an answer when sometimes all we can say is “God knows.”
Sometimes God gives us an answer…like He did with me and the tow truck man. Sometimes God has something in store for us in the midst of the storm.
And sometimes…we may not have an answer. Sometimes, we just have to trust the One who does. Knowing He will work all things together for our good (Rom. 8:28).
Whether you are in a season of waiting to see God work in your life or celebrating where you are right now…may we all be reminded that we were put here in this world to live humble, sacrificial, servant-like lives that point upward to Jesus. The day-to-day faithfulness counts!
May we be a people who don’t put limits on God…but rather a people who faithfully point upward.
Are you only seeking the supernatural highs in your pursuit of Christ? Or are you being faithful in the daily mundane, even when nothing is turning out right?