…Then there was the time that my jeep had a short in the dimmer switch. The dimmer switch was on the floor (the place that God intended them to be,) and I must have switched from high beam to low beam too many times. Every time I would switch to or from brights, a couple of minutes would pass and then… Lights out.
It took me the longest time to figure out that it was a short.
Yes, I did drive quite a few country roads by moonlight.
I also learned my way around a jeep’s electrical system.
Some lessons are learned in the dark and under pressure.
Those lessons are hard to forget.
2 Corinthians 4:8-9 says, “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed…”
I can still rewire a jeep with my eyes closed. I am thankful for those late night drives though they did not go according to plan.
I am also thankful for times of affliction, crushing, and persecution. Those times did not go according to plan (at least, not my plan) but they have taught me some lessons I will not forget.
When the world says, “Lights out, Tree!” I will answer, “Thank you. I can follow Jesus with my eyes closed.” (John 10:27)
Jesus, give me ears to hear, a life resilient in the dark, and a heart forged by pressure. Amen.