Losing Your Way Could be the Best Way
May 9, 2012 13 Comments
Even though it’s viewed as one of Pixar’s lesser films, Cars was one of my favorites for quite a while (besides the fact that it came out the year Sarabeth and I met). Yes, it takes some time to warm up to talking cars, but I feel like the theme of this film just goes so much deeper than what meets the eye. Whenever I watch it, I’m reminded to stop and look back at all the detours my life has made.
Cars is the simple story of a race car who’s on his way to the top, but an accident lands him in a small hick-town in the middle of nowhere (somewhere off Route 66). There, he finds a life much better than he could have dreamed of, that surpasses the temporary glory of fame and fortune.
Maybe you’ve been there before. At the top of your game. Soaring the skies as you survey the world below with the wind at your back. Then it all comes crashing down. Maybe it’s a miscarriage. Or a business deal gone sour, or a tough break-up. Something out of the blue snatches us from out of nowhere, shakes us until we lose what is most valuable and then we’re left with nothing, like a victim of a mugging. And who’s the culprit? Sometimes we’ll blame it on the devil. But most of the time we’ll blame it on God.
But we won’t ever see God shirking the blame. Why? Because He’s too busy coordinating the good that will come out of your misfortune.
He’s preparing the heart of that lost soul who will be attending your best friend’s Christian funeral.
He’s about to teach you to rely on Him for your finances.
Even while you’re mourning the loss of an early life, the Holy Spirit may be convicting a young lady somewhere not to abort her child so that he will end up in your arms.
It’s hard sometimes, but we must learn to look outside of ourselves when bad things happen and consider the possible ways God is up to something good. Even if all we get is burned in the end, isn’t it worth it that others come to Christ because of it? Or at the very least, that you are drawn closer to Him? And you must remember – as long as you are a follower of Christ it is absolutely impossible to lose in the end because you’re building your reward in Heaven as you patiently endure the cross and shoulder your burdens (which you ought to be giving to God).
Or maybe you’re not a believer. God has people go through all sorts of trials and calmamities in order to draw them to Himself. If your life is falling apart around you, and you feel you have nothing to cling to, reach out for the One who is stretching His hand out to you and take hold. It could be that the Spirit is beckoning you to finally place your faith and trust in Him. And, my friend, there is no better way to lose yourself than to trust in Jesus Christ as Lord of your life.
“He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.” Matthew 10:39
Consider these lyrics to the song featured in Cars by Brad Paisley:
When you find yourself
In some far off place
And it causes you to rethink some things
You start to sense that slowly
You’re becoming someone else
And then you find yourself
When you make new friends in a brand new town
And you start to think about settlin’ down
The things that would have been lost on you
Are now clear as a bell
And you find yourself
Yeah that’s when you find yourself
Where you go through life
So sure of where you’re headin’
And you wind up lost and it’s
The best thing that could have happened
‘Cause sometimes when you lose your way it’s really just as well
Because you find yourself
Yeah that’s when you find yourself