My Grace-Full Life

7.25.19 Praise & Prayer Prompt: A Reminder From Volkswagen


PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• I’m writing this morning from the Embassy Suites in Concord, NC and today—She Speaks pre-conference starts.
Mom and I arrived yesterday afternoon and got settled in.
My friend Sandra, who I met my first year of She Speaks, lives within ten miles of the hotel and is attending the conference too.
She picked me up so we could go to dinner.
But I was so surprised when she texted me that she’d arrived—she was in the cutest bright red VW Bug.
First thing I said when I opened the door was, “When did you get this sassy little car?”
Sandra had always wanted one and the combined need for her husband to use her car and the news that Volkswagen won’t be making the Bugs anymore prompted her to get it.
It’s adorable and is so Sandra!
I’m happy for her that she got her dream car!
I’ve always liked VW Bugs too, but my ideal VW isn’t practical.
I would want a vintage 1963 Herbie-style bug, which would likely have to be restored and the maintenance would be insane.
If I brought that proposal to my husband, he’d say, “If we’re going to go through all that, let’s get a vintage 1964 Mustang.”
Okay.
Twist my arm.
I wouldn’t lose on that option either.
(We’re not getting another car right now, Wayne. ? Don’t get any ideas!)
But it does make me think of assembly lines and the way car manufacturers build multiples of cars…
Yet, few cars are ever going to drive exactly alike.
Rows and rows of cars may look the same, but depending on the driver and the road conditions—various factors have an impact on the car’s alignment and performance.
It’s easy to get lost in the idea that we are nothing more than an assembly line of humanity and there’s nothing unique about us.
But that’s not true.
Isaiah 64:8 ESV says, “But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.”
A potter may sit in front of a wheel and make pot after pot after pot in assembly-line fashion.
They make look similar.
But each one will be a unique piece of art.
Our Creator may have built us with similar features, but our minds, choices, and experiences make us truly unique.
God has lovingly and carefully molded us into unique beings.
So much so that no two fingerprints are the same.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again—God’s ingenuity is mind-blowing.
Today, as you pray, thank God that He made each person unique.
Thank Him that though there may be similarities, He has given each of us our own, unique signature qualities.
Ask the Holy Spirit to help you recognize the signature quality not only in yourself but in others.
Ask Him for opportunities to recognize those unique characteristics in order to encourage others.

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