he still tryin’. Thank God for limp mode.

he still tryin’. Up to the same ole trickery as usual. Don’t let him fool you. No,no! he is limited and can only move at the permission of the Master. he shows up when things are well. For example, like last weekend. I had the most amazing time in my hometown of Chicago at my class reunion. I came home only to find myself stranded as the alternator on my car decided to stop operating. To make matters more interesting, my car stopped in front of a fire station. I was there for about a half hour, but no one came out to check on me. People entered and departed from the parking lot, but no one stopped to assist. I concluded that my melanin prevented someone from offering to assist a professionally dressed woman, with hazards blinking on a high end automobile at 8:30 in the morning, in front of Fire Station Number 29, as I stared at the “Safe Zone” placard on the front of the building. But I digress. While waiting for AAA to arrive, lots of thoughts went through my mind, and not all of them were holy. I was upset about the car giving out on me. After having such a great time away, I was in deep need to get to the office to get caught up. I didn’t need a distraction. Or did I?

While sitting, I considered how blessed I was. The speed on the vehicle decreased on a highway, where the limit is 55, but drivers go much faster. However, no one was on the road. I promise, I travel this road daily, in fact twice, and the only time I’ve seen it that deserted is late at night. God shielded me allowing me to make a u-turn and return as close as possible to home. My car went into something called limp mode. Its actually a protective measure to ensure the safety of the vehicle and the passenger. In limp mode, there is a problem with the login on the vehicle’s computer. How many times has God saved you from your own demise, when there was a problem with your logic? Our logic is filled with emotionalism, disappointment, fear, revenge, limited knowledge and pride. I Corinthians 1:25 affirms, “For God’s nonsense is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.” In my foolishness, pretending to be wise, God established road blocks, delays, closed doors and diversions, all to ensure blessings and grace and his love over my life. On the outside, with the natural eye, it manifested as limp mode, but within the spiritual, it was God’s protective order over my life.

Have you ever found yourself in limp mode? You might feel as though you are in a season of limping! Limp mode enables you to get to safety and not be left broken down. When we are operating through our limited knowledge and making decisions based upon said skewed data, we may find ourselves broken, dismantled and in despair. Yet, we don’t have to get to that state, nor must we take residence there. God sent his son so that we might have life, and that more abundantly (John 10:10). The safest place we can be when we find ourselves in limp mode is in the arms of the Father (Psalm 46:1-3). Yes, he still tryin’. That’s his mo. That is what he was designed to do. Yet, his logic, that we have a choice to reject would have us to believe that when things don’t go our way, or even the way that would make sense in our small minds, that God has forgotten about us. he would have us to believe that limp mode is not to our benefit. Allow me to disagree. When we are in a motionless place, let us take time to consider the goodness of God, the never ceasing to amaze God, and perhaps most befittingly, the movement of God!

You may require towing, like I did, that shows up in the assistance of someone sent by God to move you from your current situation. You might not have all the resources now, but God allows that to change over time. Years ago, I was just stuck. There was no AAA card in my wallet, because I couldn’t afford it, or I wasn’t wise enough to divert my funds from shoes to such a service. Occasionally, God disempowers others to help you, even when its within their reach, like Fire Station Number 29, because He wants all the credit when you are giving the testimony. Still, sometimes, you may find yourself waiting – a term that we don’t always embrace – until God decides its time to release you from limp mode. My prayer is that we each take assurance that the God who began a good work in us will carry it on to completion until the day of Jesus Christ (I Philippians 1:6).

*Footnote* The vehicle is moving. It’s no longer in limp mode. More importantly, God never is.


  1. Jackie -  July 31, 2017 - 7:26 am 220

    This is such a timely and empowering post. Love the analogy!!

    • Keith -  August 1, 2017 - 10:06 am 221

      Thank you for this ministering moment, this expression of hope in the midst of this world’s despair. I appreciate the reminder to us all about God’s unfailing love, care and concern for us, even when there are circumstances and situations working against us. What a calm assurance to know that God, indeed, is for us! Thank you, Stephanie! Your brother always, Keith

      • Stephanie -  August 1, 2017 - 10:56 am 222

        Amen indeed my brother always!


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