4 Even in darkness light dawns for the upright,
for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man.
Today my 1996 Dodge Caravan overheated. My wife and I were left on the side of the road. We needed water and didn’t have a container. If you’ve ever had car trouble…you know “that feeling.” You are asking questions. What’s next? How much is it going to cost? Is it something simple? How can I afford this?
All of those questions entered my mind.
Debi, my wife, began diagnosing the problem. She’s not one bit stupid, but she doesn’t really understand the workings of a car engine…not that I do but there are a few things I understand that she doesn’t.
We were standing on the side of the road. Sweat running down our faces, our clothes showing signs of perspiration. We were hot. We were stressed…we were uncomfortable.
After taking a look under the hood I called a very trustworthy part of our church family. Eddie was getting ready to head our way, a short distance from his house. About that time we saw a familiar car, belonging to Carla pass by. Carla turned around and came to see if we needed assistance. Eddie assured me he was coming to help us. I told him it was unnecessary.
Our house was nearby, Carla took Debi to get some water for our van. I stood in front of the van with the hood open as they disappeared over the hill.
While standing by my van there were three cars that passed by. One of the three stopped and asked if I needed some help. He was friendly and seemed genuine. I assured him that help on its way. He smiled said “good luck” and motored off. Debi and Carla showed up a few minutes later. Water was poured into the dry reservoir of our van. We started the van it was cool and we proceeded to the church for the work we were going to do there. After completing our task we drove into town, purchased some antifreeze and proceeded home.
The van did not overheat anymore.
About an hour later Debi and I decided to make a hospital visit to Knoxville. While traveling there the van overheated again. We pulled over, the van cooled off we began driving again. We were perplexed. About 7 miles later the van overheated as we were turning around to return home. The hood was open and we sat with our blinkers on waiting for it to cool off again.
While waiting a Tennessee State Trooper pulled up beside us on the entry ramp to I-40. He rolled his window down and smiled and said, “hi.” I said “how are you doing?” His response, “Probably better than you. Can I help?” I assured him we were fine and if we needed further assistance we could call someone. He asked if we had a cell phone. He was satisfied we were not stranded without some way to to seek assistance. He bed us good luck and left us.
I called a friend named Chase. He had a similar situation a few months back with a friends car. He recommended turning the heat on full blast, he explained that doing such may keep the motor from over heating. Twenty five minutes later Debi and I were home. She got our second car and met me at our mechanics garage.
Today is uncomfortable. Today is stressful. Today is stressful Today isn’t even over yet.
However, my life is far too full of wonderful people that I have been blessed to know. I am blessed to live in a community that people still stop to ask if you need help. I am blessed to live in a country has law enforcement that stops to offer aid. I am blessed to have another car. I am blessed to have the skills to be employed and have a steady income.
I’m too blessed to focus on my stress. I’m so blessed I’m thankful.
Uncomfortable doesn’t equal bad…it’s an opportunity for me to see the Connections I’ve made and the Connections others have made with me.
1 Thessalonians 5:16–18
16 Be joyful always; 17 pray continually; 18 give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.