Posted on January 29, 2006 02:54 PM
I was driving around today just running my errands and an interesting license plate caught my eye. First the license frame said "Upon my departure this car will be unmanned" I thought how funny, a reference to the rapture. And then I saw the plate itself refer to Romans 15:13. Upon returning home I had to look up the verse.
"May the God of hope fill you with all the joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. "(NIV)
These past days have been quite spiritually challenging but in some way seeing this bible verse has really put things into perspective for today. At first I was thinking how cheesy to put a verse on your plates which of course is not cheap, since you have to annually pay a fee for the custom plates. But I'm wondering perhaps this is that person's ministry, share a simple verse to give somebody hope and encouragement.
There are many cars out there that bear some kind of mark of someone's faith which is great since you already drive a car that is branded by some car company why not brand your car with what you really believe, be that the Niner's or Raiders or some political idealogy or spiritual identity. But what is really special is that we are fortunate to be able to share what we believe freely. We are not captive to just one worldly thought, we are free to share and to receive many ideas and if anything learn from each other. But most of all this license plate verse reminds me that I have a responsibility to share a hope that goes beyond this earthly, material world to share my faith not by standing on a corner or knocking on doors to share God's word, but to just live out my faith as a good neighbor and available friend.