The angel of the Lord appeared to her and said, “You are barren and childless, but you are going to become pregnant.” (Judg. 13:3)

Early on in our marriage, we had a mechanism to break on our only car. This device allowed our car to be shifted into reverse. It would go into every other gear, but not into reverse. We did not have the money to repair it. We determined that as long as we drove it in a way that

didn’t needed to be reversed we could drive it until we saved enough to have it repaired.

Later that week I pulled into a parking spot in front of a store. There was no way to get out except to go in reverse. We waited until the cars beside us left. Then we put the car in neutral, stuck our feet out of the open doors, and pushed the car backwards until we could drive it forward. Embarrassed we sped away thinking that we looked like cartoon characters.

God performed a miraculous reversal in the life of Samson’s mother. Not only was she childless, but she was also barren. She wanted to have children, but a medical condition prevented her from conceiving. God’s great reversal brought her a baby and a leader for Israel. Maybe this miracle was a foreshadowing of another great reversal that God would perform in the life of Joseph and Mary.

What needs reversing in your life? Give it to God, and he will turn it around.

Decide to give your wrong ways to God’s reversing power.

Ken Dill is the associate vice president for spiritual life and university chaplain at Southern Wesleyan University. He loves his family and enjoys birding and NASCAR.

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Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.