My uncle owned a Texaco service station in Livermore,
California in the 1950’s. It was back in the days when a car pulled in for gas
four uniformed men would run out to meet the incoming customer. One attendant
greeted the customer. Another checked air pressure in the tires. The last two attendants
cleaned the windows and pumped the gas. It was a flurry of attentiveness.
These employees were trained like professional pit crews
that service racecars during the Indianapolis 500. They waited for the sound of a bell to go off
that would set them on a dead run to greet the incoming customer before the car
came to a full stop. The bell rang when the tires of the customer’s vehicle rolled
across an air-filled rubber tube that stretched across the entrance to the gas pumps. A jolt of compressed air would then activate a bell ringer located inside the service station.
I share this story because a few days ago the Lord retrieved
the image of the rubber hose from the memories of my childhood. I knew a word
lingered behind the image. The rubber tube and the responding service crew was
a metaphor describing the degree of preparation and attentiveness we
will need to exhibit to the world in the coming days. We need to be ready to
move when the Spirit gets our attention.
There are people and circumstances arriving in your life
that will present unique opportunities for you to respond with an immediate and
premeditated response of love. Evaluate your spiritual preparation. Gather your
team and run the exercise drills required to release your unique brand of
Kingdom service. If you do this the next time the Spirit alerts you to an
incoming need you will be standing in their presence fully prepared to serve
them before their spiritual tires stop rolling. The amazed recipients of these
of over-the-top expressions of care will become living testimonies of the
supernatural love of the Father.