Holiday Car Trouble
I am beginning to think that certain holidays and three-day weekends are bad for my health. It started a few years back on Mothers day when my nephew ran me over with a golf cart. The next year, my brakes went out right as I came up to a stop light at a busy intersection. Surprisingly, I emerged unscathed both times. On Memorial Day this year, my mother fell down and broke her hand – compound fracture. That same day, I broke a tooth while flying into New York City airport.
Yesterday was Labor Day and hilarity ensued again. I was heading down to Sarasota (80 mile round trip) when some guy passed my on the shoulder of the road. Of course, my natural reaction is to comment on this "idiot" who thinks that I'm going too slow so he's going off road just to get around me. Instead, he motions for me to roll down my window. When I do, he informs me that my back tire is completely flat. Great, now I'm going to be late for my appointment and probably have to shell out money that I don't have in order to get new tires.
But sometimes we can learn a lot about what God does in our daily lives if we just step back and look at it from His perspective. First of all, I learned, or at least was reminded, that we should be quick to listen and slow to speak, and slow to become angry. If it wasn't for that "idiot" that risked getting a ticket in order to ensure that he had my attention, I would have been facing repairs a lot more costly than just a couple of new tires. Not to mention the safety of my daughter and I.
The other lesson is that God will put us in circumstances where we have a chance to interact with people that we would not have an opportunity to talk to otherwise. I have a friend of mine who had a disagreement with me a few months ago. A couple of weeks ago he sent an email apologizing. I have been meaning to write him back but due to bad timing and poor planning on my part, it just hasn't gotten done. Well yesterday, because of the circumstances with the car, I ended up eating at McDonald's. I have only eaten at McDonald's about five times in the previous year due to my new diet. If it were not for the flat tire, I would not have eaten there yesterday. But while my daughter and I were eating, around the corner comes this gentleman with the un-returned email. We were able to talk and he apologized once again.
The whole experience reminded me of a lesson I learned many years ago – be careful of the excuses you make, God may remove the excuses. In this case, I wonder that if I had just emailed this guy in the first place, maybe I wouldn't have had the trouble with the flat tire that forced me to be in exactly the right place at the right time? Something to think about.
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