A few weeks ago, I received one of those unexpected phone calls: my wife had been in a serious accident. While she wasn’t badly injured, our car was totaled. Our eight passenger Suburban was not only a primary means of transportation, but was our ministry vehicle.
I am a problem solver, so I quickly started putting together a plan to resolve the current crisis. However, the reality of a totaled car; dealing with insurance, a growing stack of medical bills, and having three children in college began to wear me down. I put on the “spiritual face,” but God’s peace was distant. During that time, 2 Corinthians 5:7 was part of my morning reading where it states, "For we live by faith, not by sight.” While Paul is contrasting the present with the eternal, God revealed to me that the lack of peace I was experiencing was rooted in my lack of trust in His goodness. As someone in fulltime ministry, the best I was hoping for was a cheap car that needed some TLC (Tender Loving Care)!
When we let our minds get stuck on a negative focus, God and His ability to bless us gets pretty cloudy and that is where I was. Spending time in the Lord's presence has a way of bringing peace into our troubled hearts and gives us a new perspective. That is what I experienced as I brought this before the Lord. Getting my heart right before God opened the door for Him to work in a way I never expected or could have imagined. Within a short time, He enabled us to secure the perfect replacement vehicle, which had less than 10,000 miles on the odometer! It is the best car we have ever owned!
Walking by faith is a continual choice. Seeing God work in the midst of the trouble and distress that are part of the very fabric of this earthly life means trusting. As we trust Him, God through the Holy Spirit, enables us to live beyond our fears and doubts. I am always encouraged by Psalm 9:10,
“Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.”
About the Author
Michael Grainger lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado with his wife Tammy. They have three college-age children, Ariel, Malia, and Derek. He serves as Director of Operations for Discipling for Development, a ministry of NavMissons.