I picked up an old Jeep in which to tool around. What can I say? It helps me feel young in my dotage.
The Jeep, which one of my readers so eloquently named Meggie, is fifteen years old (that’s sixty in auto years). That makes her almost as old as I am. Her saving grace is she has fewer miles on her than I have on me. She had a tad over 80,000 on the odometer when I picked her up. We make a great team.
When I bought Meggie, the salesman mentioned the engine light might come on. He gave me technical reasons for that and said if that happened, “Just bring her in and we’ll rectify the situation.” Oh joy…
Meggie and I tooled around for two thousand miles without incident. Awesome! I figured I was home free. Then one day, I had to travel about 120 miles to do a wedding.
I showered, shaved, and jumped into my Jeep. As I backed out of the driveway, I glanced down and saw the engine light pop on. All of a sudden, I didn’t feel so well. I had 120 miles to go, much of it interstate, and no time to get the situation checked out. I sure couldn’t let down the couple to be married in a few, short hours.
Soooo… I prayed (the first of many that day) and took off for marriage-land. It was, indeed, a stressful ride. To make matters worse, it poured down rain for much of the trip. I tried to console myself with the dealer’s technical explanation. That’s really all I had.
Then, for some reason, I remembered all the t-shirts, bumper stickers, and placards that everywhere suggest we “Stay Calm…” You’ve seen them. “Stay calm and watch baseball.” Stay calm and eat salad.” I recently saw one that said, “Stay calm and be Italian.” That fits considering my heritage (but frankly, I don’t know all that many calm Italians).
Stay calm and drive fast!
So I began to “stay calm and drive fast.” Before I arrived at the scene of the ceremony, it occurred to me that there is a verse of Scripture that applies here. Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still and know that I am God.”
During the ensuing wedding ceremony, I related my little story to the bride, groom, and the company “gathered together” there “in the sight of God.” I added that God is love. So what this Psalm is saying in 21st Century vernacular is, “Stay calm and know that God loves you.”
I further suggested that there would be days when their engine light would pop on—not the one in their car, but the one in their brain, their heart, or their soul. I asked them to keep this verse in mind as they faced trials together in the future. Great advice, even if I do say so myself.
By the way, my engine light then went out. Thank you Jesus!