The Mini takes 5W-30 oil. But, because I’ve owned several other cars that needed other oil weights, sometimes I forget which weight to purchase. Fortunately, Mini has printed the Paceman’s required oil weight on a sticker — right under the hood. A big black sticker with yellow print — extremely hard to miss. I feel embarrassed when I have to open the hood to read the sticker right before I go in to purchase the oil, but it helps. Winning – remembering the right oil to purchase while I’m in the store! That’s the kind of automobile “recall” I like.
This short devotional – which I wrote a couple of years ago – helps me remember I need to open the hood of my Bible and look at His promises. But the more I do it, the more I remember WITHOUT the reminders. Heavenly visitations or just a non-neurotypical brain on Higher Octane? Either way, recalling more of Him and His Word is only going to help me.
We were reading parts of Genesis, and I had to write the devotionals for the week. Enjoy this Higher Octane from my past:
We’ve already seen how desperate Abraham and Sarah have been to have a child. And why not? God promised! God had told them a few times already that the child would come from their bodies. Here in chapter 18, we see the Lord making a special visit to tell him again. Whether it was angels, angels and Jesus, or another manifestation of God, both Abraham and Sarah heard it again: “You will have a son.”
Biblical heroes were blessed to get one visitation from the heavenlies; Abraham had many. Even with yet another supernatural encouragement, there was doubt. We know that Sarah was past what was usually considered to be childbearing years, and she knew it too. We read that Sarah laughed at the thought of having a child (which becomes one of the great ironies of the Bible as God told them his name would be “laughter,” Isaac). She had been barren for so long. It is so encouraging that the Lord told Abraham in verse 14, “Is anything too hard for the Lord?”
We need to hear the word of the Lord often as well. Romans 10:17 says, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” When things look bleak, we must read and re-read God’s word, letting Him tell us His promises over and over again. Nothing is too hard for Him, but we have trouble remembering. Meditating on his word is not an arbitrary command; it is our visitation from the heavenlies, and our comfort when the world would say that His promises are unfulfilled.
May we all have great “recalls” timely and often! Keep shiftin’.