Nudge 34

I’m driving the old family minivan. All the kids learned to drive in this van, lovingly called the Silver Bullet. Well, right now, all the kids have “better” cars than I do. It’s okay because they are safe and they have educations to get and jobs to drive themselves to. Our driveway gets pretty populated some days. I love driving the Silver Bullet but some days I long for a smaller, newer something. There are a lot of great memories of vacations, driving lessons, victory laps after numerous soccer games, trips to camp and back…the Silver Bullet has seen it all and delivered us safely everywhere we’ve ventured.
My husband drives a lovely car. It’s a beast. It’s older than the Silver Bullet but much fancier.
Recently, we had to shuffle cars because one of the kids had to borrow the van for a longer trip. So, I had the privilege of borrowing my husband’s car. It stalled on me twice in 2 days. Like, in traffic, it decides it would rather take a short nap. It usually starts up after 5 or 10 minutes, but let me tell you how long those 1 0 minutes feel.
God tells us to be still. God tells us to be thankful.
I know, when sitting on the side of the road I should be counting my blessings grateful that I’m not in accident instead of counting the number of times my husband didn’t answer his phone.
What are you trying to teach me, Lord? Not to drive this car? If I had not be stalled would I have been part of an accident down the road? Did He keep me from harm by stalling the car where and when it did? I’ll never know for sure.
It’s hard to be thankful especially when we are inconvenienced. BUT, would I have dwelled on God had the stupid car never stalled? Probably not. This inconvenience helped me refocus even if my attitude stunk.
I Thessalonians 5:17-18: “Pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

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