Vandalism or Road Debris?
We had just started going out and about, enjoying renewed health and strength, and old friends. However, pulling into the driveway after an outing Doug spotted a screw embedded in the sidewall of the back tire. It stopped us in our tracks, as we hoped to be off on new adventures.
Where did that come from? Vandalism or road debris . . . it doesn’t matter. Well, it does – I think it was vandalism! But, we still faced the annoyance of getting it fixed, and the cost of a new tire.
Reproofs of Living Aren’t Personal; God is.
Kind of like the bout with pneumonia, and more like the oh so many daily reproofs of living, and joys of maturity! It doesn’t change a problem to know from whence it came. (It may help solve it though!) The pneumonia didn’t go away because the docs diagnosed it. The tire is still compromised, whether a vandal drove that screw in, or I drove over it.
Getting stopped in my tracks – and finding no way up, over or through the wall that blocked me – seems to be happening more frequently. This maybe the brass in the golden years I’ve heard so many laugh about.
Sometimes I think my life would make a great TV movie. It even has the part where they say, “Stand by. We are experiencing temporary difficulties.” ~Robert Brault
How I handle the setbacks, reproofs, and calamities, well, that’s the trick. Remembering the universe isn’t personal, but God is, is step one. And gratitude is a much better lens than bifocals!
If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire—then you got a problem. Everything else is inconvenience. Life is inconvenient. Life is lumpy. Learn to separate the inconveniences from the real problems. You will live longer. ~Sigmund Wollman, quoted by Robert Fulghum, Uh-Oh, 1991