It’s been 4 years since I’ve had a vehicle. At this point, I’d be happy with a frying pan with wheels and a horn. Now, if you’re assuming this God Story is about me getting a car, well…keep reading.
I really do feel like a car is going to happen very soon. It’s that “I know that I know that I know” kind of sensation. I even went online to get pre-approved and was going to try to buy one over the weekend. I have been pre-approved. I have a tiny little down-payment. I had an appointment at a dealership. I had a ride to my appointment. I had the budget just about worked out. I had everything planned. The one thing I DIDN’T have was PEACE. Not a drop of it.
The day before I was to go to the appointment at the dealership, I woke up at 5:00a.m. in a panic. I started crunching the numbers again. I wish I could say that I started praying, but it didn’t occur to me. After 2 hours of this, I got in the shower to get ready for work. Finally, I said, “God, what am I missing here? What already?” It was then that I remembered what Pastor Sharon Stells used to tell me. She always said, “Go the way of peace.”
Because God knows I’m a little stubborn, He brought Joyce Meyer in for a consultation. When I got out of the shower, Joyce was on TV quoting Col 3:15. The scripture says, “Let the peace of God rule in your hearts.” The Amplified Bible says it this way, “Let peace be your umpire.” Let peace be your umpire! The umpire determines the game. The umpire decides what plays are good and what plays are no good. I realized I had taken God’s desire for me and tried to work it out myself. How often does God give us a destination and we snatch the keys out of his hand and say, “Ok…I’ll take it from here?”
So, this isn’t a story about how God supplied me with a car. This is a story of how God supplied me with PEACE and tearful gratitude that, after years of addiction and running from Him, this little sheep is able to hear my Shepherds voice again. I will walk and bum rides for the rest of my natural life before I’ll walk away from the path of peace again. Don’t get me wrong, I still believe that a car is coming soon, but I would rather have the faith to wait in PEACE for God’s perfect, most PROFITABLE plan than have to have faith that He’s going to get me out of another fine mess MY solution has gotten me into.
LET PEACE BE THE UMPIRE!
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7