Watching the news a few weeks ago, I saw that there was recall from a maker on a particular vehicle. I’ve had that happen perhaps only once in my lifetime of driving. I guess it’s because for the majority of time I’ve driven, I’ve always had cars that were “new” to me but not new. Often when a recall is issued, news of it arrives while you may be getting dressed for work, or sitting at the table having breakfast and out of seemingly nowhere, a recall scrolls at the bottom of the television screen. I began thinking about a recall, and the intricacies involved to ensure that notification is given to the owner. Essentially, a recall occurs when a manufacturer determines that a car model has a safety-related defect or does not comply with a federal safety standard. When this happens, the automaker will alert owners to the problem and usually offer a free repair. The effort is rooted in safety, yet the process exudes anxiety and frustration. When God sees something defective in our life that could harm us, He sends forth a recall. When God sees that we may not be complying with the standard He has established for our life, He sends forth a recall. In either scenario, the recall may present masked as disappointment, but it’s ultimate purpose is for our safety.
To be sure, God is our manufacturer and the costs associated with our daily operation was paid at Calvary by Jesus the Christ. Yet the Blood does not make us immune to the cares of the world, but we are promised to be recalled in such a manner to be protected while the defect is being addressed. Occasionally prior to the recall, we may receive warning signs, however often we dismiss them or elect not to heed the indicator. We may respond in this manner, “The devil is a liar,” or “Nobody is going to block my blessings.” Both responses (and others) may have some validity, yet everything that happens to or around us is permitted by God for a divine purpose that is limited in our most rationale thinking. Even though God gave us knowledge, we are unable to ascertain the extent of the damage that is looming. In an effort to ensure our safety, He recalls us unto Him. Parallel to our car analogy, it might look like the ending of a job, or the immediacy of sickness, or a troubled relationship or a financial hardship. In those moments, God recalls us as He fixes the malfunction. Sometimes people ignore the recall, just like sometimes we ignore God. Thankfully He is gracious and extending. Just as recalls don’t have an expiration date, neither does God. We can operate until we experience a “rattle, rattle, thunder clatter, boom, boom, boom,” but don’t worry, we can still call God!
This recall situation is mutually beneficial and mutually operational. He recalls us, and we must call unto Him. We find safety in Him. Simply said in Psalm 46:1,”God is our safe place and our strength. He is always our help when we are in trouble.” Psalm 116:2 affirms, “Because He has inclined His ear to me, therefore I shall call upon Him as long as I live.” See there it is again, no expiration! Recalls from car manufactures makes us question and assume anxiety. When God recalls us, He provides assurance for unanswered questions and quiets our anxiety with His love. Lord, grant us the wisdom to discern and appreciate your recall on us, over and over again. Let no God recall go neglected. As difficult as it may be, may we be likened unto Samuel and respond affirmatively during the recall, “Speak Lord, your servant is listening.”