Friday, August 13, 2010

It's good when things go bad

8/13/10 Friday
Nuts. (Yeah, I know that’s strong language but trust me, I’ve said worse) I went out to the truck, intent to make it to the prayer and share luncheon meeting at the Hebrew, something I’ve missed doing a lot lately. Unfortunately the truck won’t go. Seems that the seal I blew in the transmission is doing more than just leaking. Pulling the dipstick I find absolutely no tranny fluid in it despite putting a quart in at Stanton. I poured the second quart I bought in and it still shows no fluid. So I’m without transportation, for the moment. I was just talking with George about getting a ride with him to Fort Stockton for the Kairos prison ministry but it looks like that won’t happen either because I would need to drive to Odessa and meet him.

There are some I know who would gloat at this, see it as a sign that God is not with me or just take pleasure at any misfortune we have. How do I know this? Because I’ve been told about it. But watch, this is a good thing. “Why is it a good thing?” you might ask. Because it’s an opportunity to show how good God is and a moment that will help me become stronger in my faith. James 1.2 Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

I know there are a lot of people watching us. That’s good but can be uncomfortable. It’s good because it helps me act right, knowing someone is watching is a great incentive to not do what you’re ashamed of. Oh, I still screw up but it’s not making mistakes that matter, for we all do that, it’s what you do after that marks what kind of person you are. Whatever you do, in word or deed, do all for the glory of God. So ultimately people will see God in all this.

I’m slowing down as I write this. Don’t get as many of these petite seizures as I used to but they still happen. It’s becoming a chore to gather my thoughts and put them down here and even typing is becoming difficult. Hope it doesn’t last long.

4 comments:

Nate~ said...

what year is that truck Bob?

Bob said...

2002 chevy silverado commercial fleet vehicle with tow package on trans. vin 1GCEC14W72Z160988

Haven't crawled under it yet (Planned for today) but odds are all it needs is the rear seal. When we have the funds I'll replace the filter too.

Amy said...

I read a quote one time, that said only Christians shoot their wounded. People should know we are Christains by our actions. But I do find it prevalent, especially in Southern Baptist congregations, that members prefer to be vindictive and gossipy, rather than exhibit Christian love. Pretty sad, one of the reasons I have left the Southern Baptist denomination for a non-denominational congregation.

I definitely do not delight in your infirmities and trials! I think and pray for you and Cherie constantly, wishing I lived closer and was in better financial shape so I could help more.

I apologize for not keeping in touch more, or coming to see you more often. I'd like to take the Texas map, fold it, and make Stanton closer to San Antonio ;-) I know sounds silly...

How much do you think it would cost to fix it? Wracking my brain on how to help....

Bob said...

The thoughts mean a lot. Don't worry about it. I've got the big diesel truck to drive, and besides that it has an air conditioner that works where the chevy doesn't. Pretty rough in these 100 degree days so I'm good with the diesel. Besides Amy, you've got enough on your plate. I've wished we lived closer so I could help you out. The "Christians are the only ones who shoot their wounded" is a quote I've made several times in this blog. Seems that "Love is patient, Love is kind..." as found in 1 Corinthians 13 is the kind of scripture many only bring up when it's convenient and avoid when they feel like being hateful, gossiping, vindictive people the devil would be proud to have on his side.