Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.
Pastor Wallace recalls for us the days before mandatory seat belts, when cars had long, contiguous seats. It is common back then to see young couples sitting close together as they drive along. The status of their relationship is obvious. They are madly in love!
Wallace continues with the story of Marge and Frank, a couple married for many years. They are riding down the road behind a couple snuggled up together in the front seat.
"Aw, Frank, look at that!" says Marge. "Remember when we used to sit like that?"
"I sure do," Frank answers.
"Why don't we ever do that anymore? Is it because you don't love me like you used to?"
From behind the wheel, Frank looks over at Marge. She is sitting right up against the passenger door. As far away from him as she can be.
"I still love you, Marge," he sighs. "I'm not the one who moved."
With this story, Pastor Wallace poignantly illustrates what can happen when we lose sight of our relationship with God. When we are lost and lonely, hurt and disheartened, do we snuggle up to the Lord for comfort and strength? Or, do we, like Marge, wallow in the lonesome passenger seat thinking God no longer cares for us?
God is steadfast. His love endures forever. He's not the one who moves away.
We do . . .
When Jesus takes the wheel, where are you sitting?
Will you pray with me?
Help us, Father, to strengthen our relationship with You through prayer and reading Your Word. Make us ever mindful that we are the ones prone to wander, while Your steadfast love is always there for us. May we ever love You and praise Your name. Amen.