Tune in and Turn up: a lesson in clearing static

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There’s nothing like traveling down the road with your favorite song playing, singing along with the window rolled down at the top of your lungs. Until that is, the static takes away the moment.  Life’s a lot like that.  We are traveling down the road in the sunshine, the wind whipping in our hair, and then BAM, out of nowhere, we are blindsided.  It reminds me of the time I was a senior in high school preparing for a trip and in a part of town I had never driven in before. One minute I am driving and singing along to “I can see clearly now the rain is gone.  I can see all obstacles in my way..gone are the dark clouds that had me blind, It’s gonna be a bright, bright sunshiny day.”  It had just rained a lot and I was looking at a huge pot hole.  I totally missed the stop sign for looking at the pot hole.  What happened in the next three seconds could have killed me.  Have you seen the HUGE monster Broncos from back in the day? I sailed right through the intersection and out of the corner of my eye and too late to do a thing about it, was a flash of red.  The next thing I know my tiny little Escort was airborne and landed on its side facing the opposite direction.  Suddenly the song was mocking me.  “Look straight ahead there’s nothing but blue skies.”  Just like that my car was totaled, I was being pulled out through the trunk of my car and in an ambulance heading for the E.R.  They couldn’t believe I didn’t have a scratch or bruise on my body.  Only the worst headache of my life and constant flashbacks.  Evidently, a local newspaper photographer snapped the shot of my car on its side and I was featured in the newspaper for all to see my first wreck, and to add insult to injury, it was posted in the “On the Side” column.  Yep, I was the butt of a joke in a small, small town for all to see at age 17.  Fun times.   But that’s how tests and trials hit us right? Straight up out of the blue, no time to brace.  Thankfully Escorts have automatic seat belts.  Thankfully, because I am pretty sure that back then I wasn’t as cautious as I have been in my adult life with always wearing a seat belt.

But back to the radio.  That day my signal was coming in loud and clear.  I had no idea it was about to be interrupted.  How often are we tuned in with a strong, clear signal and static starts up and we are across the room or in the car and let is sit on the static for just a bit to see if it will get clear again? We just sit and wait and expect that it will.  But rarely does it without us reaching over and turning the dial to a new station.  We may be passing through somewhere and lose the station all together.  It is up to us to stop what we are doing and tune in.  WE are the ones moving around.  HE is always steady, always constant.  The problem isn’t the producer, it’s the receiver.  It’s up to us to go before the Lord when we aren’t hearing clearly and ask Him to show us.  It’s up to us to carve out the time and clear our calendars of additional static and noise so we can devote time to hearing from Him daily instead of just continuing to plow through our busy lives until we are interrupted with a blindsiding blow?  I often wonder how people can expect to hear clearly if  they aren’t taking the time to spend with their Savior and Lord daily but yet are giving out of themselves to others at home, church, work and in the community.  There’s so much static they don’t even hear it any more.

I believe Father is asking us in these days to reduce the static in certain areas of our life so we can hear clearly from Him.  He wants us to tune in and turn up.

That day I ended up hanging in my seat belt with my car on its side.  I was spared, but shaken.  It definitely got my attention.  It’s much easier to pay attention then to be blindsided.

Got static? Time to turn the knob.  He’s faithful and steady and will always be there.

  • March 17, 2016 - 8:08 pm

    Jim Bob Haggerton - ALL THE YESSSS!!!! I too had a major car accident the summer of my senior year…I fell asleep at the wheel with my car set at 78 mph on cruise and ran off the road. It was a turning point in my life. Love this. So well written and so true. The Father is speaking so quietly, but OUR static gets in the way. Thanks for the reminder!!ReplyCancel

  • March 17, 2016 - 9:34 pm

    Kathy - I remember that day very well. God was with you!! Remember, Mom and Dad were already at the hospital so they were waiting on you when the ambulance brought you in!

    This is a great post and reminder to listen to the only one who is always there for us!!ReplyCancel

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