Sunday, July 6, 2008

The Cracked Windshield

We were driving around this weekend minding our own business when a truck driving from the opposite direction kicked up a stone and hit smack dab in the middle of our windshield. Either two stones hit or it bounced because there were two little holes with tiny cracks protruding from the sides. That put a damper on our Sunday ride, but we knew we had full glass coverage and actually called the insurance company from our cell phone and it will be repaired while I am at work in a couple of days. How convenient.

The interesting thing was that after driving a little, the cracks got a little longer. While I was talking to the insurance company, I told them the crack was getting bigger as we spoke. It went from the two little holes to a line that takes up about 3/4 of the length of the windshield. Now that the car is parked at home, I personally think it's done growing, but my husband says that you never know and he suggests I don't drive it. Good advice, I'm sure.

The whole thing made me think of an analogy of a lie. A tiny little fib doesn't look like it will hurt much--a tiny spot in the windshield. However, then there's the little crack that you have to cover up and then it spreads and spreads getting bigger and bigger. Horrible ones can cause shattered glass and much damage. It was a good illustration of how a little lie can cause so much trouble.

"For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man's obedience many will be made righteous. Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, so that sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."--Romans 5:19-21.

So, Jesus is like our car insurance company. We can call our insurance claim department 24/7. They will forgive us and because our premiums are paid, they will replace our windshield for free. We don't even have to take it anywhere. However, we did have to call them or they wouldn't know it needed fixing.

Likewise, we all know that Jesus is available 24/7, He will forgive us, and in His case, He even paid our bill. He will come to us when we ask and make us whole again like the windshield. He also knows ahead of time when our windshield needs fixing, but He wants us to recognize the need and to ask Him. How comforting that whatever the sin, He has grace to cover it if we ask Him. How's your windshield? Any cracks? Is it even shattered? Jesus has it covered, if you put in a claim to Him.

Lessons in life are everywhere if you just open your eyes.

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