One day, a mechanical engineer, electrical engineer, chemical engineer and computer engineer were driving down the street in the same car. Suddenly, the car stuttered, sputtered and wheezed, and came to a complete stop.
The mechanical engineer said, “I think a rod broke.”
The chemical engineer said, “The way it sputtered at the end, I don’t think it’s getting gas.”
The electrical engineer said, “I think there was a spark and something is wrong with the electrical system.”
All three turned to the computer engineer and asked, “What do you think?”
The computer engineer said, “I think we should all get out and get back in. It will be fine.”
Reboot. Restart. Repent. During the season of Lent, as we focus on a life of repentance, it helps to listen to the Bible define repentance for us. As a restart.
Unplug, then plug back in to God’s forgiveness and strength. Your settings will be refreshed, your perspective restored, and your faith renewed.
“Restore us to yourself, Lord” (Lamentations 5:21).
PRAYER: Dear Lord, I need a new start today. I’m just off a bit here. I’m headed the wrong direction there. I’m disappointed with this. I’ve sinned again. Restore me to your settings of grace. Plug me into your ways. Amen.
FURTHER MEDITATION: Practice a more regular habit of repentance during this season of Lent. Try the inhale (God’s character, works and promises) and exhale (sin, worry, control, fear, pride, mistakes) method. Teach it to your kids. It is similar to unplugging (exhaling self) and plugging back in (inhaling God).