A Blip on the Radar

Discouragement colored my husband’s face as he came through the door and dropped the car keys on the hall tree. “I just had a fender bender.”

Shocked, I asked the obvious. “Are you all right?”

Nothing like this had happened in our forty-three years of marriage. But he’d had a rough Thanksgiving week. His only surviving brother had been admitted to ICU for a litany of ailments which claimed his life the day after the holiday. My husband’s grief weighed on him. Calling him a distracted driver would be an understatement.

Fortunately, no one was hurt. For that we could praise God .And though the accident damaged our car, I knew my husband probably carried the greater scars.

Hiccoughs in the journey of life happen to all of us. Events that can impact us for short periods, and those that linger longer, often rob us of our joy, reduce our ability to see God is in control, and shake our faith. We let doubt and despair creep into our thinking, stealing from us the peace and contentment God promises if we continue to trust Him.

Isaiah 41:10 (NKJV) tells us: “Fear not, for I am with you: Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. Yes, I will help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Knowing He will see us through takes the sting out of those events that derail us. Memory of the incident becomes a blip on the radar.

John 16:33 (NIV) “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Be at peace this holiday season.


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