Happy New Year Everyone!
Many years ago, my husband bought me a new car and it had a feature on the key fob that I never had before. It was a panic button. If you couldn’t find your car in a parking lot, all you had to do was hit the panic button and the horn would honk and the lights would flash on and off. This was new a feature that seemed like a good idea to me because several times in large parking lots, I would forget where I parked.
I only had the car a few weeks and happened to be at the supermarket. When I came out with bundles of groceries, I wanted to push the button for the trunk but instead hit the panic button. There was only one problem. I didn’t read how to turn it off. I thought if I opened the trunk, somehow this new technology would figure out I found the car and shut off. It did not. Then I thought maybe when you unlocked the door it would shut off. It did not. By now people were starting to stare and I was starting to panic myself. As a last resort I though maybe if I started the car it would shut off. No such luck. So I very nonchalantly (as much as I could) put the groceries in the trunk – all the while with people looking.
When I got the groceries in the car, all I could think was that the horn must be stuck and I would have to drive to the gas station for help. However I called my husband at his office, hoping that he wasn’t with a client or in court. Relief! He was in. As I explained this problem to him, he told me to just hit the button again. Magically, it went off. I could tell he was trying hard not to laugh. But at that point all I could think was that I was so glad I didn’t go to the gas station! In my mind I could almost hear the roar of laughter coming from the service station attendants.
My husband always said that I made life interesting and from that time on, every once in a while when we were out, he would hit the panic button and smile. We both would laugh about it.
We all have times of stress and anxiety and fear. We hit the panic button. But all we have to do is shut it off. Don’t let the horn of fear be stuck – just shut it off. How? With praise and thanksgiving, trusting in the Lord to see you through.
Lay all your burdens down at the feet of Jesus. Put them all in His hands and take back your peace, your shalom. Take back all the peace, joy, health, prosperity that is yours through the Blood of Jesus and shut off – the panic button!