It’s Just a Machine

From Jacke

We’ve all been driving down those hot, dry, and desolate parts of the highway, noticing those unfortunate souls broken down. We’re human, so the first thing that comes to mind is, “Oh my gosh, I’m so glad it’s not us!” Typically, we assume they have a cell phone, and that help is on its way, and we continue down the highway playing music with the air conditioning blowing through our hair.

Well, on this one road trip, I was the unfortunate soul that had car issues while pulling a 15-foot travel trailer. The beautiful part of this story is that we weren’t stranded on the side of the highway, we just happened to be pulling off to get gas and something cool to drink. The coolant light illuminated as we pulled up to the gas station, and as soon as I opened the hood, smoke and liquid were bellowing out!

It’s one thing if you have just the car to contend with, now you have a trailer that needs its engine to pull it along! Life’s long list of challenges has allowed me to breathe in the situation and know that adventure usually finds me and that I have to embrace it. On the other hand, on this trip, there were scheduled appointments with friends as I journeyed through that didn’t have the same reaction. Concern over adjusting their schedules to adhere to the new unplanned plan, and of course their worrying about us without a car.

Once at the service station with the mechanic, I peered my head under the hood observing as if I knew what I was doing. I said to the mechanic, “Wow, I don’t know how you can make sense of all this complexity! Hoses and belts and wires, and it is so hard to see way back in there.” The mechanic turned to me and said, “It’s just a machine.” Wow! Just like that, he knew that it wasn’t going to be a problem for him to fix the situation.

Isn’t that just like our God? He looks at our complexities and can see way inside of our hearts while we may be in a tailspin wondering how we are going to get out of a situation. He turns to us and says, “It’s just a machine. I got this.”

“That people may know, from the rising of the sun and from the west, that there is none besides me; I am the Lord, and there is no other. I form light and create darkness. I make well-being and create calamity; I am the Lord, who does all these things.” Isaiah 45:6-7

Written By Jacke Rose

Author of the book, Resurfacing, a twelve-week hope-filled guide designed to share with other grieving moms and the Just Be Journal for grieving moms. Jacke, a grieving mother herself and a self-induced adventure junkie with a passion for life, found refuge in an off-grid treehouse on the island of Hawaii, where she wrote the book. No stranger to personal trials, in January of 2016, she faced an overwhelming obstacle, the death of her 30-year old son, Randy, to suicide, a tragedy that left her, as well as his grieving wife and two young sons, devastated. Through all of this, Jacke continues to face challenges with a tenacious spirit of hope, which she brings to others through her retreats, Facebook Live, Zoom, and speaking engagements. Having blended these life challenges and passions, she has created a life she truly loves, using her talents to encourage others to find balance and purpose amid life's darkest moments. Jacke currently lives in Bend, Oregon, which she refers to as her giant playground for extreme sports and, most importantly, God's gift after losing her son to fulfill her love of the mountains. She named her ranch, The Just Be Ranch welcoming all who visit to Just Be themselves and breathe.


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