The License Plate

November 10, 2008
by Shirley Dobie

Matthew 7:7 – Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. (NIV)

Some years ago, I got a "new to me" car; actually, it had so few miles that it was still new and shiny. In our province, we keep the same license plates and move them to each new vehicle. I'd had my plates for quite a few years, and they were crusty-looking. The paint was cracked, the metal had rock dents, and the edges were not as crisp as they once had been. They needed work to look right on a new vehicle. With a cloth over the metal, I hammered the edges and dents. I used kitchen scouring cleanser to clean the dirt off, and a chisel to scrape off the decals from previous years. Afterwards, they looked much better on the shiny bumpers.

This year, I decided that after ten years, I should have a new car. I described my license plate fiasco to a friend, and she said, "Don't be so cheap; get new plates." When I went to the registration office, I asked the price of a new set of plates. Imagine my surprise when I was told there was no charge, that I just needed to turn in the old ones!

Isn't that the way we believers are? We forget that our all-powerful God can renew us, or change any circumstance if only we ask. How often I've put up with something that needed changing because I didn't ask God for help or guidance!

Prayer: Lord, sometimes we forget to come to You when we should, or we are too stubborn to ask for help. Forgive our lack of faith and our stiff necks, and help us to ask and to believe that You are able to change us or the circumstance. We pray this in Jesus' name. Amen.

About the author:

Shirley Dobie <sherl@telus.net>

Dawson Creek, British Columbia, Canada


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