When Your Strength Fails
“Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army.
For the battle is not yours, but God’s.”
2 Chronicles 20:15
Have you ever felt that you have come to the end of your strength and you can’t go any further because you have Absolutely. No. Energy. Left?
We once had a car that was a 1981 Red Ford Taurus. Being a single mom in 2003 with three kids, I just tried to make do with what we had.
What we had, though, was a car that was having a major breakdown practically each and every month. It seemed that the car pulled from all of our resources, not to mention the time it took waiting for repairs. We always drove with the big question mark of whether or not something would go wrong with it today.
It happened again. While driving down Rt. 124 after being out with the kids, the engine stopped running. With the remaining momentum, I signaled into the right lane, turned off onto a side street, pulled parallel to the curb, and stopped.
“Thank You, God,” I said out loud, “that we are safe, that we are only a couple of miles from home, and that You know what is happening with our car. Thank You for being ready to take care of us.”
Thanking God had become a habit, and it had helped to pull me through many impossible situations already. It gave me perspective and reminded me that I was not alone.
Well, it was a nice day, I thought – summer, but not too hot. The kids, 9, 7, and 4 climbed out of the car and waited. Not really knowing what to do next, I waited a bit, too. The kids gathered sticks and blades of grass, and the next thing I knew, were playing tic-tac-toe.
I looked up at the blue and partly cloudy sky, the sun beginning to go down, and I took a deep breath. And that is when I heard the man walking up behind me, “Ma’am, do you need some help? My wife saw you from the window just now.”
“Oh,” I turned to the middle-aged man in blue jeans with a short, grey beard, “yes, my car engine just died.”
“Well, let me take a look, ma’am,” he said, “I’ve worked on cars for many years, and I just got home from the Auto Shop that I manage.”
Funny that our car just happened to break down in front of this man’s home. Funny that he had just arrived home and his wife had noticed us.
The man in the blue jeans knew exactly what was wrong. He explained that now that the engine was cool I could get back home and even drive it to my car repair shop the next day.
You see, when we come to that place where we have nothing more, this is exactly the place where God can take the baton out of your hand and finish running the race for you. This is a place where all that is left to do is to rest in His presence because you are spent, and cannot do anything anyhow.
Maybe this is not such a bad place to be.