The Check Engine Light

The ‘check engine’ light is a big deal.  Especially to a budgeter.  Or to someone who just simply likes to drive a vehicle.  Mine came on last week, and I couldn’t get in to the dealership to have it checked until this last Monday.  So I left it undriven (for the most part) because I was terrified that I would break down on the middle of the highway, cars speeding towards me at 87mph as I tried to maneuver off to the side of the road.  Turns out, I have a bigger problem.


Yes, you read that right.  Some annoying tiny rodent footprints were found in the dusty underbelly as the technicians came upon 6 wires those buttheads enjoyed chewing through along with plenty of insulation missing from a cover for a harness-something-or-other they dined on.  Can you see the appreciation for the squirrel/mouse/rat/something with teeth written on my face?

While those lovely little creatures are going to cost me big time, it got me to thinking about the ‘check engine’ light in my life.   When I’m struggling with a situation or dealing with a problem, am I going to the place I need to go to fix it?  It’s easy for me to dwell on the anxiety and concern.  I feel like I can figure it out on my own.  Maybe the issue will just go away.  But it never really is that simple.

As a Christian, my answer to the ‘check engine’ light is my Heavenly Father.  He is the One who can diagnose the problem and work you back to wholeness.  Through prayer and bible reading, we are able to see God’s goodness and provision as we weather a storm.

“Like a shepherd He will tend to His flock, in His arm He will gather the lambs and carry them in His bosom; He will gently lead the nursing ewes.” –Isaiah 40:11

This verse is so loving and powerful.  Not only will God watch over us and shepherd us, He holds us close and carries us as we brave the burden.  When it’s a situation that we need answers for, He lovingly leads us.  What an amazing Savior we serve.

I encourage you today…if you feel like that ‘check engine’ light is on in your world, call to Jesus Christ and open your bible.  He will guide you home.


This is not the evil beast that is costing me money.  If it was, he’d be looking scared towards me, not relaxed after eating such a large Happy Meal of my car. (Photo courtesy of unsplash)

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