“…Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will” Romans 12:2
There is nothing quite like hitting the windshield wiper fluid when the gunk from the slushy snow has muddied up the windshield and you realize, it’s frozen!
Who didn’t buy the windshield wiper fluid that doesn’t freeze?
No need in pointing the finger right now. What was I about to do?
Somber are the days when I had to take bottled water that I found somewhere in the car, put my hand out into the freezing cold and pour the chilled water onto the windshield hoping it would clear the glass and not freeze or muddy it up more. That day, I sat at the red light wondering if I would have to pull out my old bag of window washing tricks or hope that the wipers would clear the vision in front of me. When the light turned green, I drove behind the oversized car knowing that at some point, I would have to turn on the wipers again.
I started to curve onto the highway and knew I had a decision to make.
Nervously, I hit the stick on the side of the steering wheel that triggered the windshield wiper blades. Here was the moment of truth. I was either about to see clearly or barely outside the window at all. The first wipe went as expected, the view was a little worse than before. But when the blade passed for the second time, I almost went into a complete panic. Everything was now a blur and I was hitting 60 on the highway.
Oh no, where is the bottled water?
My heart skipped a beat.
That’s when the wipers passed across the windshield one last time and to my surprise, the view in front of me became completely clear.
Wait! What? What had happened? I thought.
I slowed down my speed a little as I sat in the moment wondering how everything went from a complete chaotic blur to crystal clear. Then I thought about the words God gave me a few weeks back, “stop looking for a storm when I have called the waters to be still.” God knew that I had started to agree with a counterfeit version of his nature and this seemingly unrelated moment reminded me of the truth. He has everything under control.
He isn’t looking at the events in my life or your life and saying, “Hey, Jesus, did you see that coming?” “Holy Spirit, what do we do now?” He knows and he has it all under control even when it seems out of control to us.
Here is the thing, in the tutoring of transition, we can easily begin to expect things to go from bad to worse. The old saying, “when it rains, it pours,” can cause us to expect evil rather than good. This is known as evil foreboding and the dictionary describes it as a strong inner feeling or notion of a future misfortune, evil, etc. Joyce Meyers has talked about this for years. Whenever we are confronted with a situation, we are given a choice. Will we agree with what we see, or will we agree with what He (God) says?
Evil foreboding is culturally acceptable but spiritually harmful because it creates agreement that completely contradicts what God promises in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, they are of good,” or in Romans 12:2 where we learn that God has a good and perfect will for our lives.
That windshield moment served as a beautiful reminder that God is clearing up the space for his glory to be revealed through every situation and although it may look messy at times, with one good swipe, it can be perfect and clear.
I pray you are encouraged as you choose to allow God to tutor you through transition.
Tune into the latest Taking the Leap podcast episode. In this episode I chat with, author, speaker, and physical therapist Simi John about:
- How Simi was able to see the transformative power of the Lord in the lives of her family, particularly in her father who struggled with being an alcoholic & was abusive towards her mother.
- How she decided to become a physical therapist.
- How God moved & spoke into her life to write a book for women who are hurting, which she published in 2020.
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