Subtitle might be “God is a Tribologist”. “Tribology is the science and engineering of interacting surfaces in relative motion. It includes the study and application of friction, lubrication and wear.” (Wikipedia)
I was listening to the engine of our little, red, fifteen-year-old truck and mentioned that the sound of grrrring parts could be heard. My husband assures me that everything is okay which perplexes me when we have trouble starting the engine and also have to let it warm up a bit before driving.
That has got me thinking about things of friction and engines. Friction = “the force that resists relative motion between two bodies in contact” and Lubrication: “Substances that fight friction and allow moving parts to slide past one another more smoothly”. This is significant as parts are either working together or in opposition. Friction is noise-making and energy-draining. Friction wears things out wasting energy. Lubricants’ liquid flow, such as oil, help to cushion and smooth out bumps and blows.
All of this gets me to thinking about God and His ‘anointing oil’.
I was leading a retreat some years back and two of the guest musicians came up to me and said “we have a word from God for you”. I thought, ‘oh boy’ now I am going to get some insight into my life and future!!!!
Do you know what they said? “God is telling us to tell you to walk in your anointing.” I was underwhelmed at the time. But over time, I hear and feel the wisdom in those simple words. “…You anoint my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings.” Psalm 23
I have learned something about faith and friction. Walk with the world, lots of friction and wearing-out of spirit. Walk with the oil of God’s anointing on your life and “Surely Your Goodness, God, and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.”
I am oiled and ready to roll!