Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | April 12, 2023

Car Wash Theology

“And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.” Isaiah 30:21 (ESV)

We have a fancy new car wash in our town. My daughter enrolled us in the family plan, which means she pays one amount per month and we can get car washes as often as we want. What a gift! Since we live on a gravel road where the dust coats everything, the privilege of on-demand car washes makes me feel absolutely wealthy.

I was running errands this afternoon and decided to duck into the car wash. Two young men approached me with mops and went over my hubcaps and windshield. They directed me to roll to a spot where my wheels were between rails. Once there, they told me to put the car in neutral and relax. Then the magic happened: They pushed a button on a keyboard, and my car moved forward automatically, staying safely inside the rails. I moved into the shower of soapy water, rinse water, and various polishes. I didn’t have to worry about getting off course to the right or the left, because I was inside the rails under someone else’s power.

Did you ever wonder if you’re where God wants you? Have you listened for His voice to give you direction? I have, but sometimes in my human weakness I’ve wondered—did I hear Him right? What if I make a mistake?

We have that beautiful promise in Isaiah 30:21: Your ears will hear a word behind you…whenever you turn to the right or to the left. “This is the way, walk in it.” And if I misunderstand and get outside the rails, if I make a mistake, I can count on His faithfulness. He is watching me and will correct me like a GPS. “Recalculating. This is the way.” And I can do what He asks of me under His mighty power, not my weakness.

What a wonderful gift of peace, to know that the Lord is shepherding me, ready to correct my path. It’s like being in the car wash. Impossible to go in the wrong direction if I don’t rebel and try to jump the rails.

“Lord, we thank You for Your guidance and direction. Help us to submit to Your voice and enjoy the peace of knowing that we are in Your hands.

 For His Glory


Cherie Williams (
TRBC Women’s Life



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