Today my brother and I endeavored to fix my car. For weeks my car has been getting horrible gas milage and dragging terribly. I asked many educated men what the problem seemed to be and they told me that my front wheel bearings were shot so we decided today would be a good day to get it done.
We gathered all of our tools and set out for my parent’s house where we’d have plenty of room and an air compressor to remove the tires. Upon disassembling the first of the two tires, we discovered that the car was dragging because one of my calipers was frozen in addition to the wheel bearings being messed up.
This reminded me of how God works in us. We prepare and prepare for a big fix. We spend time and effort trying to mend or dispose of things in our life but along the way God reveals other things that are doing more damage than the one we set out to fix in the first place.
Our vision is often times short-sighted. We don’t see the whole picture. Thankfully, God does. He is so faithful.
I then realized that this analogy can work both ways. God sends us down the road with a vision but we only see part of it. He sees the grand vision.
As an example; maybe you are a business man. The Lord may stop you outside your office and tell you, “Go and talk to that woman in the green coat; she need to be ministered to.” You now have a choice. Obey or ignore. God’s plans are sometimes two-fold. You may believe that the plan is for you to go and help the lady but his overall goal may be for you to help the lady and to establish a new relationship. Her acquaintance may lead to an open a door into the company you’ve been trying to get your foot into for years.
God attaches blessing to obedience. We may have to do something uncomfortable like talk to a stranger or lend a helping hand (which is a small thing, like the shotty wheel bearing) in order to find God’s true purpose, the interview in the big company (or the big nasty frozen caliper!)
If we are obedient and follow God’s voice, he may tell you to “fix the wheel bearing” only to find the frozen caliper.