Today’s Scripture: And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God. Colossians 2:19


My wife Julie and I went to Cleveland recently. It was a stormy Saturday. As we drove at 60 MPH in downtown Cleveland in traffic I suddenly realized I didn’t have control of the vehicle. As I approached the concrete wall to my left in the curve, I uttered the short prayer out loud, “Help us, Lord.”

Julie said she knows we’re in trouble when I pray that prayer.

I lost control of the vehicle for about 2 seconds, regained it briefly, then lost it again. By God’s grace, the tires gripped again and we continued on our journey, slower, and more aware of standing water on the expressway.

My heart is still beating fast.

I knew our tires were worn, but they weren’t down to the tread wear indicator. Within two days, I had new tires on the car anyway. It’s not worth the risk, especially since that’s the car Julie usually drives.

Immediately after getting the new tires, I noticed the car was riding rough. But we were headed to Illinois to see our newborn granddaughters, and I didn’t have time to take the car to the tire shop before the trip. So, in Illinois, I got a front end alignment. Still a bumpy ride. Turns out we have a bent rim that somehow showed up only after getting new tires. So back in Ohio, I bought a used (but round) rim and had it installed. Now the car finally rides smooth.

Before you and I were saved, we had big problems and were headed straight towards an eternity worse than a big, fatal, concrete wall. Maybe once you trusted Christ, you expected everything to go smoothly from there forward. Maybe, like me with my tires, you were surprised to find the ride was still bumpy and rough. Maybe you’ve tried various solutions, but they haven’t fixed the problem. Our text today tells us that Jesus is the head, the center. If your life isn’t revolving around Him, you have bigger problems that I had with my bent rim.

Maybe you’ve taken this devotional to be promise that if your life revolves around Jesus, your life will be smooth. The opposite is true: if your life revolves around Jesus, you’ll hit more bumps than ever. Just be sure the bumps aren’t because your spiritual rim is bent. God will be with you even through the difficulties, and while you aren’t guaranteed a smooth ride, you will be blessed with spiritual rewards beyond measure.

Devotional by Pastor Neal Dearyan