Thursday, July 26, 2007

Talking to My Air Conditioner

  • Adam commanded the animals.
  • Moses commanded the Red Sea.
  • Joshua commanded the Sun.
  • Elijah commanded the rain.
  • Jesus commanded the wind and the waves
  • and the fig tree
  • and taught His disciples to do the same.

And this morning, I commanded the air conditioner in my car. I was taking my car to the dealership to have the oil changed. The air conditioner was not blowing well, and had been like that for many months. It was hot out and I was not getting very cool inside the car. So I decided to have a word with my it. I put my hand on the dashboard, looked at the A.C. vents and said, “I tell you to blow properly.” It continued to blow as it had done for the past few months. I was not surprised by that because I walk by faith, not by sight. I simply trusted that things would somehow change and that A.C. would somehow end up blowing properly before long.

So I got to the dealership and had my car serviced. After about 40 minutes, the supervisor came and told me that my car was ready, and oh, by the way, the air conditioning filter needs to be changed. After I okayed that, I remembered how I had spoken in the car, and then I thanked the Lord for answered prayer.

“Big whoop,” I’m sure someone is thinking. My air conditioner wasn’t blowing well and the dealership simply discovered that it needed a new filter. But here’s the thing: The last time we had the oil changed, about 3,500 miles ago, we asked the dealership to see what the problem was the with A.C. They looked it over but could not figure it out! I guess it had just never occurred to them back then to check the filter. Then today I spoke to that thing — I didn’t even think to ask the service manager to check it out — but within the hour, my A.C. was blowing as good as new.

By faith, I know that the world is framed by words — the Word of God. That is what the author of Hebrews says (Hebrews 11:3). Since the world is framed by words, it also responds to words, as many of the Old Testament saints found out, and as Jesus taught His disciples.
So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.” (Mark 11:22-23)
I know I did not part the Red Sea, cause the rain to come, or calm the wind and the waves, or move anything like a mountain. But this morning I spoke to the air conditioner in my car, and now it is blowing perfectly. I don’t mean to trivialize any of those other things, but this morning I spoke words, and the world, being composed of words, responded.