Well I digress...allow me to get back to the story. So I take my wife's Kia to an auto parts store, and ask them to hook up their little fancy dancy hand held computer to see what is going on. I had already booked an appointment at the dealer for the next day, but I was hoping to avoid taking a 3rd mortgage out on the house, or selling my kids plasma, in order to pay for the "Diagnostic Fee" that I was sure that the dealership would charge. You guessed it, the guy behind the counter said he couldn't come outside to "my" car because of COVID restrictions. So he handed me the fancy dancy, and said "just plug it in." When I got out to the car, I realized I didn't have my reading glasses with me, and couldn't see anything up close. So what does any good red-blooded American male do in that situation? Yep, I started yanking wires out under the dash hoping that I would open up a port for the thingy magigy to fit into. Are you figuring out that I am not an auto mechanic by trade, and don't like to ask for directions? After I had unplugged a good amount of wires, it hit me that there was a little door in front of my face with the fuse box. When I pulled it down ever so gently, there was a port staring me between the eyes. Upon plugging the fancy dancy thing magigy into the port, it quickly found an error code for emissions, so I took a picture of the code, and reset it. I then went inside and took the advice of the guy behind the counter (and a mechanic my brother had talked to about the same problem on his car), and I bought a bottle of "Seafoam" to put in the gas tank.
When I got back to my house, I Google searched that error code, and do you know what the majority of the entries came back with? The experts (mechanics) said that the majority of the time (like 99%) it is because you either didn't tighten your gas cap, or you have a leaky gas cap. Immediately I through my hands up in the air (that is after cancelling my appointment for the next morning at the dealership) and started laughing. I couldn't believe that I had allowed myself to go down that rabbit hole of anxiety and fear. Before I knew the truth, I was all bent and twisted out of shape as the "What If's" started to smother me. I was so sick to my stomach and distraught that the engine was going to blow up, and we had just bought this used car 3 months ago. I had immediately allowed myself to go to "That Place." Yes, you know what I am talking about. That place in which you slide very quickly into Doubt, Despair, Fear, Anxiety, and a lack of trust.
Once I knew the truth of the cause of the error message, I felt as free as a lark. I was not weighed down with the burden of fear and anxiety. Now before you think that I am trying to tie in some parallel to a gas cap, an error code, and salvation...I AM NOT! I am however, trying to show you what the Bible says, that I should have taken note of prior to allowing Fear & Anxiety to grip me. Allow me to share 2 scripture passages that normally keep me grounded:
"Be still, and know that I am God."
Psalm 46:10 ESV
"Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
Isaiah 41:10 ESV
For the most part I subscribe to the KISS theory in life: Keep It Simple Stupid! You can see that the afore mentioned Bible verses are very simple and straight forward. The hard part is surrendering to God's almighty power in our lives. For the most part, this was a funny situation I felt like writing about. On the other hand, it is a simple illustration of how I veered away for a couple of hours in allowing satan to wreak havoc with my senses. Sometimes you just need to tighten the gas cap!
DISCLAIMER: No gas caps or engine wires were hurt in the writing of this blog. For any auto mechanics out there that feel I made the wrong decision, I appreciate you keeping that to yourself. In case South Korea is reading this blog, I love your Kia vehicles. For those inquiring minds that absolutely want to know because they are a tid bit OCD like me, yes the engine light has remained off after putting a couple hundred miles on the car.