Steering Wheel or Spare Wheel?

“Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare wheel?”
(Corrie Ten Boom)

I was looking up some information on a vintage watch, for my Etsy shop and came across this simple, but thought provoking question from the late Corrie Ten Boom, author and Holocaust survivor, who was also a watchmaker, from a family of renowned watchmakers.

King David knew what it meant to be steered by prayer. In Psalm 25, he prays: “Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you.” Psalm 25:4-5
that’s “all day long”, not now and then.

The whole Psalm continues in this vein. David, though a great king, lived surrendered and devoted to the King of kings. Prayer was the steering wheel of his life, not a last resort after he’d tried everything else.

Isn’t it lovely how the Lord just breaks through the mundane, ordinary things through the day, such as researching an old watch, to speak and remind us to draw near, and KEEP near?

Jill 💜

PS: As always, scripture verses in the post are from Bible Gateway. Mustard Seed Blog has long been a Bible Gateway BloggerGrid member and I highly recommend the Bible Gateway App. Personally, I find the commentaries and original language tools so useful, and it has every version of the Bible I could possibly need – all my study needs in one place. Bible Gateway has recently revamped their site, and it is now simpler to use.
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Author: Jill McIlreavy

I love getting together with friends and sharing with each other over a cup of coffee what God is doing in our lives, it boosts my faith and lifts my heart. That's the aim of this blog. There's a story behind it; It was inspired after a friend gave me a single mustard seed, saying ‘that’s all it takes Jill’. What my friend didn’t know was that the very same morning God had reminded me of a promise He'd made to me over 20 years before regarding writing. I took the mustard seed home, planted it and watched it grow from a tiny sapling to a large, flourishing shrub at our front door. Every time I look at it it reminds me that our God is always true to his promises. Jesus lives in and works through his people, every single day. It's good to share what he's doing! I love talking about Him and writing about Him.

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