What is the point of having the neutral gear in a vehicle? Neutral is necessary because when you inevitably have your car shut off and have to push it, neutral works great, as the engine is not connected to the wheels. Most drive-through car washes have an automotive system that the car must be placed in neutral gear to move and stop the vehicle fluidly through the scrubs.

For those of us who drive, we all have our favorite car wash we go to every week. Some of us go on a bi-weekly basis, like myself. A few days before Christmas, I went to the car wash to get the car nice and clean for Christmas Eve service.

So, on this particular day, the man ahead of me at the carwash was on a mission. He purposefully strode to the back of his truck and removed the hitch so it would not snag the high-powered rolling brushes. He paid the attendant and then pulled onto the automated track – where he left his truck in drive. The attendant shouted after him, Neutral! Neutral! But the man’s windows were up, and he could not hear. He zipped through the car wash in a few seconds. His truck barely got wet. Elijah was on a mission, too. He was busy serving God in big ways. He had just defeated the prophets of Baal in a supernatural showdown, which left him drained. He needed time in neutral, so God brought Elijah to Mount Horeb, where he had appeared to Moses long before.

Once again, God shook the mountain, but he was not in the rock-shattering wind, earthquake, or raging fire. Instead, God came to Elijah in a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out to meet God. [1 Kings 19:13]

You and I are on a mission. We put our lives in drive to accomplish big things for our Savior. But if we never shift down to neutral, we can zip through life and miss the outpouring of His Spirit. God whispers in our ears, “Be still, and know that I am God.” [Psalm 46:10]

Faith step:
How do we slow down to spend time with our Heavenly Father? Write a prayer that expresses your heartfelt desire to follow God in this season of your life. Read one Psalm each day. Use a journal, or just be still. Stop and listen to hear that gentle whisper from our Heavenly Father.

Dear Lord, I pray that we will be still and know that you are God right here, right now. So often we let our hurry or someone else’s hurry fill our minds causing us to strive harder, to worry, to be impatient. I pray that You would still our minds and that we would contemplate only YOU. I pray that we will rest in Your peace. That we would rest in Your unchangeable nature and promises. That we would rest in your complete control over all that happens in our lives. I pray that we would rest easy knowing that You are a good, good God. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Written by Donnis Prass