Two months ago, my 1999 Nissan Pathfinder with over 215,000 miles, decided that it wasn’t going to continue to start any more. So, as the handyman that I think I am, I believed that I could figure out the problem, provide the solution and solve my dilemma. I carry a pair of jumper cables with me in all my vehicles, “just in case”, and so I had grown accustomed to getting “jumped” from the nearest “good Samaritan” passer-by that would be willing to help me out. This had become a routine hassle and a hit to my pride.
The battery was less then a year old, so I figured that wasn’t the problem, but just to be sure I had it tested anyway. It passed as I expected it to. However, after just a couple of trips, I’d get the no power response that wouldn’t allow me to start my car again. So, I thought another jump should get me home, until the vehicle’s power dies thirty miles from home and I’m on the side of road calling my wife to come rescue me out of her midnight nap. The next “logical” and possible solution, as any DIY mechanic might expect, would be the alternator. I took it out of the car and had it tested… it failed. Ah ha! We found the culprit, so I thought.
The alternator was not the actual issue as the cycle and recycling of the vehicle problem continued to drain the battery, jump the vehicle, complain about the car or my abilities/inabilities, try to figure out the issue, and repeat… this continued to happen daily, sometimes multiple times a day.
How frustrating this had gotten! I could not figure out what the issues were nor did I have the time, money, knowledge, resources, etc. to go deeper into the issue to diagnose the problem(s). So, I called upon my fellow DIY mechanic friends. I also had a local friend stop over and give his two cents. I called people via Skype and messenger; those who are a lot more knowledgeable and resourceful than I am. I tried the “Jack of all Trades” master… my dad. I reached out for all their support, wisdom, and insight, but I could not get the vehicle to maintain power. None of them were here with me to see and put their hands on the vehicle. I was at the end of my knowledge and resources. My last resort was to take it to a professional mechanic to get the problem solved.
I decided to give it one more shot, but I again got the same result. No power after I had just had it jumped. Then, I said “God, I have NO other options, no other resources. I CAN NOT figure this out and I’m all alone. I’ve tried everything I know and I cannot do it! If anyone can fix it, it’s you!” It was then, when I gave control over to God and trusted Him to fix my car. Yes, fix my car because everything that I did failed. It was then that God met me in my need. $9.95 later, after only switching out a couple of fuses and a positive post connector, my 1999 Pathfinder started without hesitation.
In my own strength I can not be Mr. Fixit. I cannot solve all my problems, even though, like my dad, I’m a jack of all trades and can handle most issues that come my way providing insight, knowledge and solutions. No matter how hard I try, I’m reminded daily, I cannot push through this life on my own. That is not how God wants us to go through life.
God wants us to trust in him in all things. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (NIV) Even in the smallest of issues in our lives, God wants us to trust in Him and to go to Him first. He cares about us so much that $9.95 later he meets us where we are at. If we would “cast all of your cares upon Him, for He cares for you”, we would not have to go through this life trying to get by on a set of “jumper cables” and someone else’s knowledge and abilities, though they are right and loving they are no substitution for God’s personal touch in what only He can do.
What are you dealing with today that you just cannot get past or accomplish on your own? Regardless of what it is, God wants you to give it to Him and to trust Him in all that you do! Is there something that you think is unobtainable or out of your abilities? 2 Corinthians 9:8 says, “And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things, at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”
My prayer for you is that you give “it” to God and stand back and watch him “start your car.”