Flop! Flop! Flop!
I strongly dislike flat tires.....okay, I hate flat tires! Saturday evening my family and I were pulling out of the driveway headed out to friends for dinner. I was in my usual focused 'get there quickly' mode and oblivious to the flop flop flop noise emanating from underneath the pick-up. Tracie heard the noise, glanced in the rear-view mirror and quickly shouted, "Stop, you have a flat tire!" It was at this point I turned into a demon. My blood pressure spiked, I huffed, and suppressed an unhappy reply.
Have you ever suffered inconveniences at the most inopportune times? He. He. I see you are rolling your eyes and shaking your head! We all deal with miserable stuff every day. My question, while asked with tongue in cheek, is one to ponder. Perhaps, we should be less concerned with setbacks in our life and focus more on how we respond to said inconveniences. Jesus encouraged His disciples in these matters when he said,
“But a time is coming, and has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home. You will leave
me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me. “I have told you these things, so that in me
you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
(John 16:32-33, NIV) [Underlined emphasis added]
Funny how the second person of the Trinity mentioned trouble being a constant in our world and a given for the disciples. Imagine if you and I were disciples, wouldn't we expect preferential treatment from God and Jesus. I mean really, we should not have to deal with troubles (Insert laughter here).
For me, the phrase that binds up my wounds, calms my spirit, and refocuses my heart on joy is the last five words of John 16:33. Jesus said, "I have overcome the world." Which I take to mean flat tires, broken relationships, lost jobs, diseases, failed businesses, etc...
The photo of the day shows the culprit in our flat tire debacle (a lynch-pin) and the Rx for fixing flat tires. Not sure how the grip of monkeys can be helpful fixing flats but it is never the less effective.
If you are facing an issue that demoralizes you and threatens to crush your spirit, look to Jesus who can level the playing field and get you on your way.