Lessons learned from an old Ford truck-February Note

“Can’t find’em….grind’em!” This was the saying my dad used when we would grind the gears on one of his stick-shift Ford pick-up trucks or tractors. I remember being about 4 years old, unable to see over the dashboard, cowgirl boots dangling off the edge of the bench seat, and sitting next to my dad while driving down the road in his black F250.

Me, sporting the cowboy boots and piggy tails!!!! Ready for a ride in that pick-up truck.

His elbow would brush my piggy tail as he passed me the cold bottle of Pepsi we shared. It was then, that he taught me how to shift. “Watch for my foot over here to push that peddle all the way in.” He’d say. I learned the pattern of the gear shift for going faster, then the pattern backward for going slower. At first, He rested his hand on top of mine, but I remember being able to do it all by myself. Even though I got pretty good at shifting gears, occasionally I would miss on the timing and a horrible grinding noise of metal teeth gnashing together ,while unable to find the right grooves, would hurt our ears. “Can’t find’em…grind’em!” Although, my dad had this funny saying for that ear piercing sound, I also learned quickly that it wasn’t good to grind those gears. It can eventually ruin the transmission, and then your truck won’t drive.

There is so much pressure on young ladies, women, and mom’s to achieve success, be confident leaders, be smart and well educated, to prioritize and juggle the to-do list, and to be a beautiful physically appealing women while doing it. Success by society’s definition is accomplishing purpose, popularity, and profit. This is the recipe given to ultimately reach self-satisfaction in knowing you made every effort to achieve “success”. O’ how this leaves most of us feeling like those grinding gears. We feel like we just can’t quite get the timing and grooves to line up perfectly. This feels like life in a constant state of “can’t find’em grind’em.

If you can relate, I would like to introduce you to Elohim. Elohim is one of the Hebrew names for God. Elohim means the strong, mighty, powerful Creator God. He made all things and keeps all things. Knowing Elohim can help you understand and begin to accept that you were masterfully created and planned by God. And, because He is your creator, He also has a plan for you. God does not want you to grind your gears or burn up your transmission. When you study the first book of The Bible you can learn how God created this earth and atmosphere. All of it He created with us in mind. We also find that He formed man, then breathed life into him and he became a living soul. The first step to getting out of the grind, is recognizing that you have a creator God. Psalm 139:14 Says” I Praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right off.” God formed you to look just how He wanted, and He formed you with the talents and gifts He wanted you to have. He sees you as a marvelous master piece with a beautiful soul. The second step is knowing this God has a plan for you. There is a passage in the book of Jeremiah chapter 29 where God is using Jeremiah to talk to his people (the Hebrew nation). He doesn’t want them to listen to everyone around them and get tripped up in believing false securities and hopes told by these other people. God uses Jeremiah to say… listen, I know the thoughts and plans I have for you. Plans of peace not evil and when you instead seek me with all your heart, you will find me and my plans for your lives. In this passage, God also explains to them how He wants them to live and prosper despite the trials and heartaches they are experiencing. God has a plan for you too.

Read Ephesians 3:14-19

14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,

16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;

17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,

18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;

19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.”

God wants to know you personally through His son Jesus, who died on a cross, but didn’t stay in the grave. Instead, He rose and lives today. Believing, and putting your faith in Him will change your life and save the beautiful soul God gave you. Then, you can dwell in God’s strength and His Glory: Seek His love and wisdom for life. Don’t believe or get your heart caught up in the false hopes this world’s definition of success offers. Recognize you have a Creator God, seek Elohim with all your heart. When you do… He will eliminate the grind and dissatisfactions of your life and replace them with His riches, glories and love.

My Dad taught me to release the pressure on the gear shift and change the approach in order to stop the grinding noise, allowing the transmission to run smoothly. If you want your life to not feel like a grinding gear, take the pressure of society off and approach life with God’s purpose for you as your new goal. The Hebrew nation that Jeremiah was writing to in chapter 29 was in captivity. They were also allowing the lies of the world they were living in to effect their goals, priorities and way of life. Trying to live by society’s success standards is like being captive to the world’s rules and standards. Like Jeremiah pleaded; seek God with all your heart! If you relate to the “Can’t find’em… Grind’em” way of life…Then, Seek your mighty, powerful Creator GOD

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