Sept 29, 2019

Dear Wellspring Ohana and Friends,

I was in the middle of a frustrating phone call, and it wasn’t getting any better. “I’m hearing you say that there’s nothing you can do for me,” I said in a somewhat-sharp voice. “I’m so sorry, ma’am, but that is correct,” responded the flustered employee.

This was not my first conversation of the day. I had spent the last hour making dozens of phone calls to car dealers on-island as well as Pontiac headquarters on the mainland, all while trying to solve the problem of our car’s airbags, which have been affected by the Takata airbag recall.

The current phone call was with General Motors Company, whose employee was letting me know that even though our car’s airbags are recalled due to their error, there is currently “no remedy” to solve the problem. “No remedy” means I can drive our affordable, dependable, beloved, perfectly-serviceable car and risk, in an accident, its air bags exploding and killing us all (or at least those in front), or we have to stop driving it altogether and buy another car.

The exasperation was showing in my voice— “The car manufacturer made the mistake! Why should we suffer for it?” And that’s when I realized that this poor employee couldn’t fix the problem. If anything, I was making them suffer for something they didn’t do, either. My beef was with those who have the authority to make decisions regarding what happens in a recall, those who have power to decide how the company responds to those affected. I needed to take my complaint higher up the command chain.

Next week we’re beginning a new sermon series on taking that area of our life where there’s struggle, frustration, perhaps wounding or a sense of unfairness, and bringing it all the way up the chain of command to wrestle with God’s own Self. So often we keep the struggle within ourselves. Sometimes we out-source it or dump it onto family, friends, or co-workers. God, as we’ll see from the stories of many men and women of faith, is the one who ultimately invites us to get in the ring and wrestle there, not with a human, but with Him.

Where in your life is there a struggle? With what (or whom) are you currently wrestling? Let’s get ready to take that struggle to God, as we seek to move C2C (Closer to Christ), within ourselves, and with each other. In the words of Michael Buffer, “Let’s get ready to Ruuuuuuumble!”

With you and for you,

Pastor Rebecca

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