Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you your heart’s desires.” Psalm 37:4
It was a dream come true. Several years ago, I was invited to speak at a conference way up north in Illinois. How far north? Well just about as far as you can go. It seems you could see the Artic circle from where we were going. For some reason, it might have been the car was due an oil change or just because, I decided to rent a car for the trip. I checked the local Enterprise car rental and they had a great rate, so I booked one online. About 4:00 pm I went to the car rental place to pick up my plain Jane little car and that’s when I found that God had sent a love note.
I went into the office and waited just a moment for the agent to help me. She shuffled some papers around and said, “You know I don’t have a compact car to give you. I’m going to have to give you a Mustang convertible instead.” I couldn’t believe it. I had wanted to drive a Mustang since I was 12. While I didn’t get to own it permanently, for three whole days it was mine. I felt like I had just won the lottery!
We finished up the paperwork and she handed me the keys. I walked outside and there she sat. A new Mustang convertible with all the bells and whistles! I felt cool just holding the keys. I mashed the button on the remote and lights came on and the doors unlocked. I opened the door and slid into the seat and was pretty certain I had died and gone to heaven. One of the first things I noticed was the quality of this American made car. Things had certainly changed since the 70’s.
The Mustang had more incredibly cool gadgets than I had ever seen in one car. Gadgets like an incredible audio system, totally cool wheels, auto/manual shift, backup camera, keyless entry and start and on and on. It seemed that everything you could possibly want on a car was there. This thing was “tricked out”. For those who don’t know what that term means, it is something like it was customized–loaded with options and believe me it was! Not only had God given me the car of my dreams for three whole days but He had sent one that was loaded!
Well, we made the trip and I played Mr. Cool the entire time. Sunglasses, my best smile and the coy look that said, “Oh yeah, it’s mine.” I just didn’t share that it was only mine for three days. Just as all good things have to come to an end, on Monday my Cinderella Mustang had to go back to Enterprise. However, I will never forget the time that God sent me a Mustang to drive. It gave new meaning to that place in the Bible where it says, “Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you your heart’s desires.”
Now imagine my surprise when I went to the Ford website and discovered that my Mustang wasn’t “tricked out” at all. In fact, all those cool features were “standard.” In other words, every Mustang had those features included with no extra charge. How about that–buy the car and get the options–not some plain Jane, “let’s crawl to the next light Mustang”, but one that caused people to look…”a head turner.” Buy the car and get the cool throw in with the deal. I can remember when the base price got you four wheels and engine. Not so anymore. Ford did a great job in the quality and what you got for the money–but not to the point I’m ready to go out and buy one.
Here’s the deal: God trumps Ford hands down–not even in the ball park. I sometimes wonder if we understand all that we get when we receive God’s amazing grace through His Son Jesus: unconditional love, peace beyond understanding, unlimited acceptance, an incredible purpose and reason to live, the opportunity to make a difference–to be a part of something so big that we can’t even understand it all. And that is not just for the Billy Grahams of the world but rather for every believer, every follower of Christ. Amazingly, that’s not even the tip of the iceberg!
Some people love to drop names—you know, they are talking and they will say how they know so and so. Well, check this out. If you know Jesus, you know the creator of it all. And you just don’t know Him…you know Him up front and personal. And His Father is your Father and He is your Dearest Father. He just waits for you to talk with Him every day. And He enjoys blessing you. Be sure and thank Him for the fact that the life He gives us is not barebones but loaded to the max. You know, when God does something, He always does it well and does it big–how about that?
As you journey this week, how about spending some time celebrating and thanking God for His incredible, unbelievable salvation? And if you get just a tad overwhelmed—and honestly who doesn’t—just remember who you know and Who knows you. You can rest in Him. He’s got this.