My Grace-Full Life

9.8.19 Praise & Prayer Prompt: Lessons from a Red Jeep Stuck on the Beach

PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• So the internet is having a field day with this Jeep that was abandoned on Myrtle Beach. My personal favorite is the one that shows Bob Ross painting a stormy beach scene with the caption, “Let’s add a happy little red SUV.” 

The whole situation is so asinine and you have to wonder—what on earth was someone thinking?? Turns out, you can Google the answer. It wasn’t the owner of the Jeep that did it.

The owner loaned the Jeep to his cousin who wanted to take a video of the sunrise before the storm. The cousin took the Jeep out on the beach and then got stuck. The cousin initially tried to avoid the owner because he didn’t know what to say. The owner didn’t know about his Jeep until the police showed up to notify him. The cousin confessed what happened after that. You know this poor guy will never live this down. Undoubtedly, it will be retold at every family reunion from now until Kingdom Come. And I’m pretty sure no one will be lending him a car in the near future.

I laugh at this driver who clearly had a less-than-common-sense moment. But how relatable too, right? How often do we find ourselves making choices that end up being not-so-great ideas? We get stuck. And we want to backpedal, hoping no one saw us. 

But we are always seen.

In Jeremiah 23:24, it says, “Can a person hide in secret places where I cannot see him?” —the Lord’s declaration. “Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?” —the Lord ’s declaration” (CSB).

Sometimes, after we find ourselves in a mess of our own making, we are tempted to hide from God. It’s pointless because there is nothing we do that isn’t seen by God. And whether we’ve done something really serious, or simply given God another shake-His-head, facepalm moment, He wants us to be forthright with Him. He wants us to confess, repent, be restored, and let Him help us through our personal storms. 

We aren’t going to surprise Him. He can’t be surprised because He is all-knowing. So just as it may have made for an awkward conversation for this guy to just call his cousin, it would have been better than letting the police notify him. So let’s just make that awkward call to God. Go to Him in prayer, “Lord, I royally messed up this time and I need Your help…”

He may let us experience the consequences of our choices, but He will stay with us through them.

Today, as you pray, thank God that He cannot be surprised. Thank Him that He promises to walk with us. Thank Him that He’s always a prayer away from any circumstance we face. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you make wise choices and to never be afraid to turn to God—no matter what you’ve done.

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