I had plans with my sisters to go out briefly and run an errand on Saturday morning. We got into the car as we always do, fastened our seatbelts, and were ready to leave but we didn’t end up going anywhere except back into the house. When I turned the key in the ignition, there was no sound, nothing. The car wouldn’t start. I was flummoxed. I had no previous warning signs of engine or battery failure or anything being wrong with the car and so I expected it to function as it always has. The car looks good to me; the exterior is fairly shiny and clean. The outside of the car gave me no cause or reason for concern. However, as we all know, outer appearances can be quite deceiving. While the outside looked good, little did I know that the car was struggling and having problems internally, to the point where it broke down and would not function as it was intended to.
While I know this truth, my car surprisingly not starting reminded me afresh of it; how the outer and inner states of something—the external and internal—can be completely different and unrelated, which as we know is not exclusive to cars but is inclusive of humans as well.
We never truly know the depth and extent of what someone may be experiencing and enduring privately. Most of us like to keep our cards close, we like to be discreet and keep up appearances of poise, strength, and confidence, but we all have our struggles, our difficulties, and our pain; no one is immune. But, it is so important to remember, we don’t have to go it alone. The Lord has placed people in our lives who we can turn to for help and support and wisdom, and He has also blessed us with the presence of the Holy Spirit to aid us in our walk. We are never alone, no matter how we may feel. And while transparency may be scary, it is also where healing happens; We are unable to receive healing to what we are unwilling to expose. I could have remained in the garage for hours ineffectually looking under the hood of my car, frustration mounting, but I knew that would not accomplish anything. Instead, I took action and turned to my dad and also to the gracious assistance of our neighbor, who were both able to offer wisdom and bring about a solution. I thank the Lord for the people He has blessed us with.
This experience also spoke to me of the importance of upkeep and regular maintenance, of the power of sustainability, to ensure the car, or we as humans, are healthy and continue to operate and function as we were intended and created to operate and function.
Psalm 34:18 . . . The LORD is close to those who are of a broken heart . . .
Psalm 4:23 . . . Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.