I spent some time last Saturday looking for a do-it-yourself car wash with a bay large enough for my RV. It is quite dirty, and I needed a pressure hose to get a layer of dirt scraped off. Those hoses are something else. And a bit dangerous. If you don’t handle them correctly, some skin could be peeled away.
The pressures of life are like one of those pressure hoses. And God seems to make sure that each “hose” is just the right size, shape, and dimension for our particular need. In His hands, that spray is applied at just the right angle and held in place for just the right amount of time.
The result is a clean surface. And we are ready for the next season of use.
Thinking about our message this past Sunday brought me to do some reflecting about three simple questions: What do you and I do under pressure? Where do we go when we are under pressure, and how do we behave once we are under pressure?
Make no doubt, pressure exists for all of us. Some seasons are worse than others. Some are personal in nature. Some are financial in scope. Some are caused by friends or family. Some are the result of our own foibles. But we all have to be prepared for seasons of pressure.
The questions then pertain to our reaction to that pressure (especially if the pressure is sustained and not of our making). Our responses reveal a great deal about our walk with Christ. The more mature the believer, the more balanced the retort.
The more seasoned the child of God, the more focus there is on God’s sovereignty, and less attention on our wishes, will, and wants.
Made me think of the old hymn with the words, “Have thine own way Lord, have thine own way. Thou are the potter; I am the clay. Mold me and make me, after thy will; While I am waiting, yielded and still.”
Waiting. Yielding. And still. Now that’s the appropriate way to respond to those three questions. What do we do? We wait. Where do we go? To the throne of God and yield our will to His. How do we behave under pressure? We get still, very still.
And in our stillness, we trust.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6