My grandfather was privileged one year to have purchased himself a new car. He liked how it drove and how it felt when you rode in it. He was one to take good care of his things, but he would never make them more important than his family or his walk with God. In Gramp’s mind, if it was his lot to have to get around in a horse and buggy, that would have been ok with him. Yet, Gramp enjoyed the better things of life to the fullest when they came his way.
Anyways, we all had ridden with him this one particular Sunday, in his new car to church. We had each made complimentary comments about the beautiful color and how smoothly it rode. Then we all went in to get our seats and settled for the morning worship service. As we were about to start in on hymn number three, something started moving out in the parking lot. Now the windows in the church were nice and big and everyone had a good view of anything or anyone moving out there. Sometimes it could even be a little too distracting for a young girl like myself.
Upon closer inspection, I couldn’t believe my eyes! Why, it looked like it was Gramp’s new car rolling down the driveway which was built on a slant. Sure enough, it was Gramp’s new car! The whole church collectively jumped to their feet and ran to the windows. We couldn’t believe what we were seeing. But the best part of this story is the fact that Gramp just sat there. He didn’t even move. He just waved his hand and said, “It’ll be there when we get out! Let’s come and have church.”
Exodus 20:3 reads, “You shall have no other gods before or besides Me.” Other men just shook their heads in disbelief, but Gramp wasn’t to be waylaid in his devotion to the Lord. He had come to worship and by golly, that’s what he was going to do!
Sure enough, the car was right where it had landed in a field, across the road from the church, just sitting there without a scratch on it. Gramp signaled for us all to come and get in. We piled in with great curiosity among us to see if the car was going to run alright. He simply drove it up the bank and onto the road. The car was fine! God had seen the heart of my grandfather and had honored his love for Him and had preserved Gramp’s car for him. Our hearts were light and full of joy that day as we went home to share a delicious Sunday dinner together around Gramp and Gram’s table.
What about you? Would you have panicked if your new car had rolled away out of control? Are there things in your life that you have more attachment to and concern for than you should? Do you value God and your family and friends love above any earthly material thing you may own? List possessions in your life that you need to lay down on the altar, giving them back to the Lord. Commit today to keep Him first and foremost in your heart today and forever.