Help My Unbelief

But as I  told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. John 6:36

It wasn’t an ordinary night. I had  to stay with a friend while my (spiritual) parents left the country. While gone, they left their vehicle with us, but because it was a rush to the airport that night, the car was left just outside the garage.

I tried to remind them to leave the key, but we all forgot. Thankfully, there was a spare somewhere accessible to us. I took it and moved the vehicle into the garage. Then I realized I had left the window open. When I tried to turn the key in the ignition to close it, the key wouldn’t turn. Great, I thought, I broke the key! Or maybe the car!

The next day, I tried again and was able to get the window up. But then, the car wouldn’t start. I prayed, and my friend tried to do some things that could have helped the car start. Nothing.

I told my parents what to expect when they came home, and we made plans just to call Triple A to get the car moved if needed.

When they came home and I told them all the details, a light bulb seemed to turn on in both their faces. “It’s the spare,” they said.

Apparently that key wasn’t really an original that came with the car. Technically, there was only a MINISCULE chance that it would even start the car!

When we finally got the original key, the car started on the second try–and it has been driving well since then. It was the KEY, not the car.

As I pondered this, I excitedly told Mom, “God just allowed me to turn on that engine to get the car into the garage!” He made it work that one time to make it do what was necessary, even if it normally COULDN’T do it.

And really, I didn’t need to worry, because He knew it all.

Why, oh why, do I fall so easily into doubt, when I HAVE SEEN HIM? I have seen him do the impossible in me and through me, as well as around me. I have seen Him accomplish His purposes regardless of the odds. I have seen him not just in my life, but in the lives of others as well.

Why do I insist on trying MY methods with MY tools, when I know they are only as useful as that spare key?

Making a spare key work? That’s really nothing to God. If He can make that spare key work, don’t you think He has other things, big or small, under His control?

How many things in my life am I not seeing right now that God is accomplishing without my help? How many things is He preparing while I wait, clueless? Everything that He wants to, my soul, and all that He wants is for my good and for His glory.

Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD. Psalm 27:14

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