For When You’re On the Verge of a Breakdown

I love to travel. Well, sort of. I really like the thought of traveling more than the actual process of packing stuff and leaving home.

Hello. My name is Stacy and I am a homebody. And I’m not sorry. Home is my favorite place to be.

Homebody

But a friend needed some help. My counselor said it would do me good. I said “yes” to the invitation and was a wee bit excited until the itinerary showed up in my inbox.

I thought of my list and my calendar and what I’d miss. I thought of all that could go wrong. Was it was too late to change my mind? No, but yes.

My bags were packed along with a load of ambivalence. We said our goodbyes, hugged and kissed, and off I went trying to outrun the clouds.

breakdown, car trouble, faith, sufficiency, Haukkuk

The Breakdown

I was on the verge of a break down.

Really.

Like my car with the new engine and the new tires and the new transmission and the new water pump was about to break down an hour from home.

It went something like this.

Me: (What’s that’s smell? Hmmm. Car’s running fine. Gauges all read normal. Somebody in this traffic ‘bout to break down. Probably that ol’ truck right there.)

(Keep driving for a few more miles.)

Me: (There’s that smell again. I must be following that ol’ truck that’s ‘bout to break down.)

(Check gauges. Keep driving.)

Me: (*Sniff*Sniff* Again?)

(Check gauges. Say some Christian cuss words in my head. Look for a gas station. Pull over. Turn off the engine. Grab my phone.)

Me: “Hey. I’m broke down.”

(Ain’t nobody got time for good grammar when you broke down.)

Him: “Noooooo! Where? What’s wrong?”

I explain and send a photo.

He diagnoses, calls mechanic, calls wrecker, calls me back, and rearranges his schedule.

And I wait.

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From the look of the sky you’d think I had outrun the dark clouds of circumstance.

Nope. Apparently not.

Me: (Why is this happening to me? Maybe I shouldn’t even be going on this trip. Why does this always happen to me?)

Me: “Lord, what are you trying to teach me?” I asked out loud sitting in my car.

God: (silence)

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As we leave the gas station I look up and see this. I’d been parked in front of it all this time, sweating in the hot car, just wanting to go home, and asking God all my questions.

 

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Jesus: “Now that’s funny, don’t you think?”

Me: “If you say so, Lord.”


 

My friend and I made it to our destination. The next morning I got up early to have my quiet time. The Old Testament Bible reading for the day: Habukkuk, a short book with just 3 chapters. When I open my Bible, the “Personal Application” in the introduction to the Scripture has these words underlined. Clearly, I’ve needed this lesson before.

Habakkuk reminds us that the question “Why?” can, should, and must be asked. Because he believed God, he believed that God had an answer to his problem. His questions demonstrated the presence of faith, not the lack of it.

For an atheist, “Why” has no meaning; for a believer, “Why?” finds it’s ultimate answer in God.  Tweet this

The final verses of this prophecy teach that it is possible to rise above circumstances, and even to rejoice in them, by focusing on God who stands above all. Habukkuk does not deny his problems, nor does he treat them lightly; instead, he finds God sufficient in the midst of his troubles.

God is sufficent red

 

Yeah. That.

I know there are worse problems than a busted heater hose. Really, I do. I’ve lived through worse and I’m wrestling something bigger even as I reflect on this break down.

And that’s the very point of it all for me and for you. God stands above it all. He is sufficient in the midst of all our troubles. The big ones and the little ones.

Are you on the verge of a break down? Overwhelmed by the circumstances of your life? Can I just encourage you to exercise your faith and ask God “Why?” and “What do you want to teach me, Lord?” He’s right there in the middle of whatever you’re going through “ready to show Himself strong on your behalf” (2 Chronicles 16:9). Invite Him in. Listen for His voice. Find answers in His Word.

But the just shall live by his faith. Habukkuk 2:4

For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. Habukkuk 2:14

Though the fig tree may not blossom; Nor fruit be on the vines; Though the labor of the olive may fail; And the fields yield no food; Though the flock may be cut off from the fold; And there be no herd in the stalls—Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.

Habukkuk 3:17-18

This is just one of the many reasons I love Reading through the Bible. God’s Word is alive and always speaks a clear and timely message in my life.

How has God showed Himself strong on your behalf lately? Leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you!

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