One afternoon while speaking with a few friends they were sharing with me their excitement on seeing pictures of the 2019 BMW. They marveled at the beauty of the car. It truly had a shine and presence about it that made it breathe taking. So just to kind of give myself an idea of what they were excited about, I decided to check out a few pictures.
I must admit that I too was impressed with this vehicle. But in looking at the picture of the BMW I found myself thinking what would be required of me to not just own it but to as well take care of it.
I asked my friends what happens after you have purchased the vehicle, what do you do from there. There were several things that they mentioned but I just wanted to share a few.
First, Read Your Owner’s Manual
This would seem to be obvious. However we all know that with some people they are not even going to read let alone glance over their owner’s manual. The owner’s manual of course gives you not just an introduction to your new vehicle but tells you in detail about your BMW.
Now that you have this wonderful new car you want to do everything that you can to keep it in the best shape possible. Things such as: Learn to check your fluids. Check your oil and remember to get it changed regularly. Check your battery and clean the contact points when necessary. Replace your windshield wipers when the view gets streaky.
Every vehicle be it old or new has a dashboard. The dashboard is visible. When there is something going wrong with the vehicle a light or an indicator will come on letting us know something is wrong. I have to admit; the BMW is a thing of beauty. It does indeed capture your attention.
After these conversations with my friends I found myself being drawn back not necessarily to the vehicle itself, but those three letters: BMW(Bavarian Motor Works)
One day while looking into a mirror while getting dressed the scripture of Psalms 139:14 came to mind. It states that were are fearfully and made wonderfully. And because of God’s handiwork we are humbled to say that we are our own BMW; blessed and made wonderfully.
Yes each and every one of us are beautiful and made wonderfully. No two people are alike. And while thinking on this a few thoughts came to mind about each of us, this BMW.
First; read your Owner’s Manuel
None of us are our own. Each and every one of us are God’s creation. Ephesians 2:10 states that we are God’s workmanship. If we are truly a reflection of what God’s workmanship is then I would suggestion that first things being first, that we read our owner’s manual. The bible is of course the word of God. It contains everything that we need to know. It has been said that reading the word of God is two fold. It is a revelation as to who and what God is and an inspiration as to who and what each one of us can become. This owner’s manual, our bible serves as the base point for all of our lives.
I would surmise that our very first act of preventive maintenance is prayer. Prayer is our activator that on a daily basis connects us to God. And after beginning our day with prayer, before we go out to face another day we need to be dressed up for battle. As Ephesians 6:10-18 reminds us, we need to put on the whole armor of God. Each and every day we are going to face a battle. From the very second that we awake unto the minute that we lie down to sleep. There will be battles that will test us and even at times push us to our very limits. But know that as prayer is our shield and the word of God is our armor, we know that no matter what we will persevere.
Check Your Dashboard
As the BMW’s of God each of us has our dashboard. For some it might that light that comes on when perhaps we have drifted away from our church community. For others it might be a light that says, hey you’re getting low on fuel. You need to stop and fill up with the word of God, our daily bread.
I would say that the dashboard that we have that is always going to be spot on is the Holy Spirit. As the indwelling presence of God himself the Holy Spirit will be our guide. It will warn us when perhaps when we need to check our connection with God. It will alert us to the fact that we are responsible to be good stewards for what God has given us. The Holy Spirit will always be our dashboard that will keep us in line with God, and directing us on the path to follow.
BMW….beautiful and made wonderfully. As the songwriter wrote, “red and yellow black and white we are precious in his sight.” How blessed are we to know that the most important BMW will we ever know is that one that we see in our mirrors each day. Made and created in the image of God, and made and created to give him the glory.
To God Be the Glory
Alan T. Black