Fixing the Rattle – Verna Mitchell

His love can quiet your soul.

His love can quiet your soul.

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 ESV

“Did you hear that?” my husband asked as we were traveling through a large city, still many hours from our destination.

“How could I not?” I responded as a motorcycle zoomed by us.

“No, that’s not what I meant,” he said. “Something just rattled somewhere under the hood of the car.”

Then I heard it and I was concerned about what we would do since we were so far from home. While my husband and I discussed where we could take the car for repairs, I felt a little hand tap me on the shoulder.

“Look, Mom and Dad, it’s going to be okay. I found something to fix it with.” Our young son held up a can of motor oil he’d found on the floor. (Did I mention this was not a new car?)

We thanked him for his help and stopped at a service station, where a mechanic found and fixed the problem.

Our little boy believed he’d found just what we needed to solve our problem. I thought about the many people today who seek something to take care of the “rattle” in their souls. They search for solutions in many different ways: performing good deeds, participating in or viewing sports activities, traveling to exotic places, meditating or observing religious ceremonies, or just having a good time.

But alas! All of these are just “cans of motor oil,” no matter how earnestly they search, unless they look for the right solution to their problems. God created us with a huge hole in our hearts that only He can fill, and He has made provision to do just that. He is the one and only “Soul Mechanic.” Only the love from the Father who sent His only son to die for us, can fix the problems.

Thanks be to God who loved us even before He created all things and made a plan for our salvation. Accept his free gift, Jesus will fill the hole in your heart with the “oil” of His forgiveness and grace.

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Verna MitchellVerna Cole Mitchell is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University. She and her husband Leon have lived in Charlotte, North Carolina, for forty-seven years. A secondary English teacher for thirty-seven years, Verna currently substitutes in a private high school and is an editor and writer. She is one of the devotional writers, as well as an editor, for her church’s online weekly devotionals. In October of 2012, she published a book of poetry, Don’t Frighten the Pansies, with poems of nature, inspiration, humor, and personal reflection.
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