Blog by Joel Pridmore
My trusty Citroen Picasso has developed a problem that is proving difficult to fix, so whilst seeing if it can be sorted (and after borrowing a car for a while from a very generous individual), I recently bought another car. I gave it an extensive test drive and handed over the payment feeling satisfied that all was fine and that I can later choose which car to keep!
Then the next day (the first morning of owning this car), with a long journey ahead… I got in and set off… dropped the children at school, jumped back into the car ready to travel, started the engine and then looked in despair as the engine management warning light came on!!! Rather than panic, and before risking setting off, I took it to my garage and had the relevant checks carried out.
Sometimes issues can be going on under the bonnet that we don’t know about unless the warning lights come on. I think our lives can be a little like this too and we need to look out for any warnings that there is something going on inside that needs dealing with. If we are struggling with our patience, generosity, self-control and so on – is there a deeper underlying issue that may need attention?
I was able to go on my journey that day and come back for the issue to be fixed later, but if I didn’t come back and get it sorted then the problem would eventually lead to a total breakdown… we don’t want that to happen to our cars and we definitely don’t want this to happen to our hearts, minds and souls.
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” (Prov 4:23)