I pulled into the McDonald’s drive-through after work on Monday night to grab a pop on my way home. As I was pulling up to the speaker my brakes went out and I had to push the pedal all the way to the floor to get my car stopped. The good thing was I wasn’t moving very fast and had no car directly in front me. Breathes sigh of relief.
My first thought as I sat there for a moment was, well, there goes my writing conference this year. My car and I have had a very tenuous relationship over the years. It’s definitely no Serenity. It tends to breakdown rather frequently and when it does, I’m pretty much guaranteed to shell out three to eight hundred to get her running again. I had just enough saved up for the Realm Makers Conference this year and now, out of the blue, my car breaks down again.
I managed to back out of the drive-through and into a parking space. Frustrated, I picked up the phone and called my dad. “Hey, my car broke down in the McDonald’s parking lot and I have no idea what’s wrong.” Big surprise there, I usually don’t have any idea what’s wrong. 😉
My dad, who was supposed to be out of town that night, had changed his mind last minute and was only thirty minutes away when I called. When he arrived we noticed a leak near one of the back tires and after popping the tire off, found that one of the brake lines had split. After trying three different parts stores, we found the piece we needed. It was an easy fix and the total cost for the repairs was less than thirty bucks.
The Lord reminded me of a few things Monday night.
1.) My brakes went out in a parking lot. I could have been on the interstate.
2.) My dad could have been out of town instead of being only thirty minutes away.
3.) Some things may be out of my control but they are not out of God’s.
I went home that night very humbled and grateful. I was grateful to the Lord for making me realize my tendency to complain and not trust Him. I was also thankful for my dad, who dropped everything he was doing to run and help me.
But what if my car repairs had cost eight hundred and not thirty? Would God have been any less in control if I wasn’t able to attend my conference?
I had this written on a board in my room for a couple of years and it’s so true. I may not know where I’m being led all the time but I do know the One Who is leading and I can certainly trust Him to know what He’s doing! 🙂
So, how are you guys this week? Any major news? Are you going to any conferences this year?