In September of 2019, the owner of a low-mileage, garage-kept German sports car with a folding metal roof got an unwelcome surprise.
He slipped inside his 16-year-old weekend car and felt something against his hair. Overnight, the headliner fabric had turned loose and begun to sag.
Search results on the Internet revealed the replacement headliner panel was discontinued and unavailable. One auto forum said to use push pins placed in an attractive pattern, and people would think it came that way from the factory.
He was tempted, but only for a moment. It wouldn’t repair the damage to his standards.
He finally found a video telling how to lower the top halfway, undo nine screws, and remove the panel. A local shop could reattach the vinyl to the headliner panel at little cost.
Our lives are like that sometimes. We feel we’ve taken care of the little things, protected our family, treated our friends with respect, and done what we could to find success.
Then the headliner collapses around our ears, and we think, “How did this happen?”
It’s tempting to consider the easy options to put it all back together again, even try to make our repair attractive, all the while aware that it’s beyond our skill.
What we need to do is remove the headliner and turn it over to God.
Psalm 27:1 tells us our salvation in the hard times is found in our Lord.
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”
Are your finances collapsing around you? Turn them over to God.
Is your family life coming apart at the seams? Christ is your answer.
Did your employer’s promises turn out to be empty assurances? The Lord of creation is the stronghold of your life.
Let’s fix our lives the right way. Let’s let God complete the repairs.
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