“We don’t see the material world for what it is meant to be: as the means to communion with God.” Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts

Sitting in the backseat of a freshly washed Porsche, she watched daddy put gas into the tank. The car was his baby girl, and all family members (including the dog) were required to respect his car. She had a special place in the garage and was gently covered each night before the family went to sleep.

Strangely, she never had a name.

Yet the girl in the backseat knew THE CAR was enemy #1 in her life. Touch the car and your arm would be chewed off with hurtful words. Watch the car drive off into the sunset for a couple’s weekend. While the girl stays home. Lonely.

The dog knew she struggled with the car. The wife knew too.

Trying to hold back their giggles, the children and wife held their breath. Who would tell him?

It was the day the dog pooped on the Porsche!

Fortunately, the wife knew how to clean the mess. Into the laundry went the freshly stained car cover. Dog treats was poured into the wooden doghouse. Just in case.

Inquiring minds dared not ask: how did the dog get onto the roof of that Porsche!

It’s a story we share with love and laughter. Our memory of a car and a dog. Had we seen the car as communion with God- glad, happy, and prosperous- perhaps we would have seen through the Father’s eyes instead of our own.

Like the car, we too are treasured and loved.

DEVOTIONAL BIBLE VERSE

In a desert land he found him, in a barren and howling waste. He shielded him and cared for him; he guarded him as the apple of his eye. Deuteronomy 32:10 NIV

He found them in a desert land, in an empty, howling wasteland. He surrounded them and watched over them; he guarded them as he would guard his own eyes. (NLT)

APPLICATION

When have you felt protected and guarded by God?