You’ve Got to Take Your Foot Off the Brake if You’re Going to Move Forward


Before we were married, Jim took me and the kids—his and mine—to Gatlinburg for a long weekend so that we could all get to know each other a little better.  We had all gone hiking up one of the mountains in the state park where he planned to propose to me during the trip.  However, one of the kids was sick and it just didn’t seem to be the right environment as she whined up and down the mountain, so he kept my ring in his pocket and continued to watch for the perfect moment to ask me for my hand in marriage.

There weren’t a lot of parking spaces near the trail we were hiking on so we had to park on a small spot on the side of the skinny mountain road on a very sharp incline.  When we were done hiking and all piled back into the car, Jim put his foot on the gas pedal to leave but we didn’t move.  He tried gunning it a couple of times and still nothing.  So the boys climbed out to see what was going on and why we weren’t moving.  The back tire was hanging off the edge and they thought maybe it wasn’t getting enough traction, so with the two boys pushing, Jim tried again to no avail.  Some nice hikers saw us trying to get out of the parking spot and offered us a hand too.  Before we knew it, there were about five men pushing from behind to get us on our way.  They pushed and pushed and again…nothing.

Then one of the men came from behind the van, knocked on Jim’s window and asked, “Do you have your emergency brake on by any chance?”  Much to Jim’s dismay, he reached down and low and behold, found the brake on.  It made sense because we had been parked on such a steep incline, he just forgot to take it off when we started again.  We all laughed as we realized that we just made about five strangers sweat and work to try to move our van that was never going to move even if there were ten pushing!  Once he released the break, he easily pulled out of the spot with no help at all!  Had Jim not been so distracted about once again not finding the perfect moment to propose as he had planned and not been so tired from the trip, he probably wouldn’t have been so preoccupied and forgot to release the brake when we were leaving.

I think about this and still giggle to this day.  Poor guy had a plan and between the kids and I, it kept being thwarted.  I think about that story and can relate it to our Christian walks.  How many of us feel as though we are in out of control situations, like being parked on the edge of a cliff on a steep incline?  Our first inclination is to put our emergency brake on and stop everything isn’t it? You know…take control to make sure we are safe.  Often we feel like we push and push and never get anywhere.  Or sometimes when we find our plans not going as we thought, we get tired, and we simply loose our focus on God where our true power lies.   Sometimes, we just forget that we have God’s power over us when we are in scary situations as we feel weak and vulnerable.  There is no need to put on the emergency brake.  It might require our friends who are not in the middle of our situations to come alongside to remind us that we need to let go, or release the brake so to speak though when we can’t see it ourselves.  As Christians, we are given God’s power through His Holy Spirit.  With God on our side, we should have no fear.  If we simply release our control, God is free to show His power and keep us safe from those things that cause us to fear and prevent us from moving forward.

My prayer for you is that you will call on God’s power in your life this week.  May He be more real to you than ever as you cling to Him through your trials, looking to Him for His mighty power to get you through.

Isaiah 40: 28-31 (NKJV)

28 Have you not known?
Have you not heard?
The everlasting God, the LORD,
The Creator of the ends of the earth,
Neither faints nor is weary.
His understanding is unsearchable.
29 He gives power to the weak,
And to those who have no might He increases strength.
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
And the young men shall utterly fall,
31 But those who wait on the LORD
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.

Advertisements

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kathy M. Storrie
    Jan 23, 2012 @ 15:45:22

    I loved how you used a personal experience to teach a great lesson but how and where did your husband finally propose? Is this a continuing story? I love romance stories. Your story & scripture remind me of the email slides showing two eagles fighting above a lake over lunch (a duck). When the horrific battle is over the befaggled, barely alive, loser retreats to a higher place. He sits for a long time to regroup before he begins the long hours of grooming and mending his broken and twisted feathers.The tranformation is slow but remarkable when he changes into a majestic and amazing younger looking bird. That is just like those of us who are believers and when God looks at us He sees the perfect Jesus because of what He did for us at the cross when He died for my sins. He provided a way for me to become white as snow without spot or blemish and a perfect bride for Christ. Thank you for reminding me of that.

    Reply

    • Lori Kempton
      Jan 23, 2012 @ 15:51:24

      Kathy,
      Sorry to keep you hanging! I should have ended with that but I didn’t want to get off my real point. Jim finally found time later that evening while we were in the hot tub to propose. There was a beautiful moon overlooking the mountains, and everything was quiet…just he and I. Or so we thought. Come to find out his youngest, Cristofer, was hanging out below the hot tub listening to the proposal! LOL! The joys of a second marraige! Too funny. However, it worked! We’ll be married 10 years in May and I wouldn’t change a thing. Just love, love, love my husband! Thanks for your insite into the scripture as well. It’s kind of like we’re in a virtual Bible study! Blessings to you this week! Thanks again for your comments.
      Lori

      Reply

  2. tristinedenise
    Jan 23, 2012 @ 17:54:18

    I LOVE Gatlinburg. I lived in Knoxville for 6 years and that was one of my favorite places to go.

    Reply

  3. Mary Rawlins
    Jan 29, 2012 @ 14:44:59

    WOW, this was awesome Lori and so true. I’m so glad it was a simple fix for you though.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Follow Lori Kempton, Author/Speaker on WordPress.com

Blogs I Follow

Top Posts & Pages

Womanhoodwithpurpose
Lymphedema Diary by Britta Vander Linden

"Keep a diary and it'll keep you." ~ Mae West

carojesu

Smile: Encourage-Fun-Create

Garment of Praise

Christian Devotions

homespun happenings

Intentional~ Inspirational ~ Intriguing

Jennifer Hallmark

Alabama Inspired Fiction

I Want a Love Like That

Finding love that sets you free

Christians Read

Read. Write. Grow.

Lori Kempton, Author/Speaker

Just Trying To Be A Blessing!

The Smartt View

Wife, Mom, Woman in Search of Her Keys

SLOW COOKER HEAVEN

Food for the Body & Soul

friendwise

Seeking wisdom in a curiously perplexing world

Elizabeth's New Life Center

Your place for learning more about pro-life work

Life Sew Sweet

Learning to sew!

Slipstream

A turbulent body of air, or a thought stream slipping out of its own accord.

Stephanie Louise

Things will happen, time will change, but God's love remains.

sue a. allen

Keep pressing forward

Kathleen's Faith Walk

Walking by Faith in Jesus Christ, spreading the Good News

Nature's Best :: Don Smith Photography

Exploring our incredible world one image at a time!

cancer killing recipe

Just another WordPress.com site

Gleams of Sunshine

A little blog about my life.

Father Says...

one dad's thoughts on life

Get 2 See

Follow along as we see the sights, eat the noms, and have the funs!

Chris Martin Writes

Sowing seeds for the Kingdom

adjustedsails

You Can't Direct the Wind, But You Can Adjust Your Sails

Andrew Hines

be inspired

Books Now!

News and reviews from around the corner to across the world

Wade Webster Writes

Future bestselling author shares his journey

How Shall We Live...

God gave you one life, what's your plan?

ONE MOUNTAIN AT A TIME

Sharing stories. Encouraging hearts.

The Neighborhood

Society online's creative conscious.

Sunny Sleevez

Sun Protection & Green Info

Megan Has OCD

About Mental Health, Daily Struggles, and Whatever Else Pops in My Head

Marney McNall | Writer

Don't wait to see the world.

LAUGH OUT LOUD LOVE OUR LORD

Humor that glorifies Jesus and makes Him smile

Jenia Laszlo

Chief Family Officer

Brand New Heart Ministries

Discovering the Heart of God

Top 10 of Anything and Everything!!!

Animals, Gift Ideas, Travel, Books, Recycling Ideas and Many, Many More

Full Of Roses Inspirationals

Christian inspirational photography and poetry

Rick Alonzo Photography

Tampa photographer | Portraits, Models, Landscapes, Wildlife and more

Renaissance & Redemption

observations on midlife..

Shockingly Domestic

This is life or something like it. Either way jump in!

Mustard Seed Budget

FINANCES FOR YOUR MINISTRY

Womanhood With Purpose

Becoming Proverbs 31 Women, Proverbs 31, Christian Women, Christian Blog, Christian Woman

Edible Harmony

Your guide to gluten-free, sugar-free, grain-free, healthy recipes!

Jonesin' After 40

Writing Life

Unshakable Hope

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)

A Dreamer's Wife

Chasing dreams and growing in faith with a family of four!

Passionate-Pursuit

Deep calls to deep in the roar of Your waterfalls; all Your waves and breakers have swept over me...Psalm 42:1

%d bloggers like this: