On the way home from work today, it was nice, I had my window down, nice breeze blowing in. Then at a stop light, a giant red wasp came in the window, so I jumped out. Everyone thought I was crazy, but at least I didn’t get stung. They always sting me in the head, too. Probably because I’m bald.
I picked my oldest daughter up from school, went to pick the youngest up at day care, and realized when I got there that my window would not roll back up. And, on top of that, there’s severe weather headed our way.
So, I popped off the door panel, whacked the motor with a hammer – nothing. I whacked it more. I whacked it with a wrench, then the hammer again, then with a ratchet just in case. Nothing.
Now, we can afford to have this fixed. It’s not a problem. It’s not a great time to be spending money. We have it. But it’s earmarked for other things – important things. So I was mad, Cheryl was mad, the kids were mad that we weren’t going to take a walk and that Cheryl and I were mad. I didn’t say a word through dinner. I was really mad!
Half way through eating, something (God) told me to hit it with a rubber mallet after dinner. All of this is going on in my head – Me: I don’t have a rubber mallet. The Voice: Yes you do. In the garage by the Christmas tree. Hit the door right by where the motor is. Me: No. The Voice: Yes. One good whack. Me: I’ve hit it with a hammer and a wrench and ratchet. I’m not going to hit it with a rubber mallet. The Voice: HIT YOUR DOOR WITH A RUBBER MALLET AND THE WINDOW WILL GO UP.
So, I stopped eating, went and found the rubber mallet right where I was told it was, hit the door, flipped the switch, and the window went up.
Most people will not have a conversation like that in their head. I generally don’t. God doesn’t generally speak to me like that. It’s feelings, impressions, ideas. Not real words.
But I think God does still speak this way – he did with me tonight. Over a busted power window. Think what might happen if I listen to Him when it’s really important – think if we all learned to listen! What a world this would be!