Another round of life for me and my friends. Just as no one likes to drink alone, no one likes to do much alone, whether it's good or bad. Bad situations just seem more bearable when you're not alone, and we as humans like to share the good with others around us too. Am I right?
I had to have costly repairs on my cute car who I've affectionately name Blue Betty. I got her back today, blessed to have an amazing friend who made the repairs possible. I oooed and ahhhed over her, cleaned her inside and out, wiped everything down since it smelled a bit "mechanic-y", and took her to my favorite car wash to cleanse her new self. Oh, got off track there. Did I say how happy I am to have my car back?? Anyway, for a couple of years have been driving ride share, to make extra money for trips I wanna take and for special things I wanna buy. It also helps get me out of the house to meet people and engage with others face-to-face. It's just a part time gig but I've thoroughly enjoyed it, and I've met some amazing people!
Anyway, today after I fancied Blue Betty all up and we hit the road, I started accepting rides. Out of all the rides I did today, at least half of the people were in my car because they were ALSO having car problems! Ok God, I am listening. One guy almost had me in tears telling me his car/life struggles over the last few weeks. It was awesome. I relayed to a few of these my own car woes, and how I always struggle to find the silver lining in situations. One guy said, "So did you? Find the silver lining I mean?" I told him that it took me a little bit to find the silver lining. ( What I didnt mention was that there was much gnashing of teeth anger and tears when I found out how costly these repairs were gonna be to my car. I felt like someone was just throwing darts because every day is something different causing me stress or worry. I kept thinking to myself "I'm not a bad person why does all this crap keep happening.?" ). I finally told him that in some prayerful meditation, I was reminded of this....
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (NIV)
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
And also that I believe maybe with this slowing down God forced me to do, it might have protected me from something bad, whether it be a wreck, a bad situation, etc. I dropped him where he needed to go, and he said, "Hey, I'll only be a minute, can I request you for my return trip so we can continue our chat?" I said sure! He was a nice person, a great guy and we both fed each other spiritually. Now, not every ride is like that, but I've had many over the course of time that are deep. I've also had rides where we sang all the way to the airport. Celine Dion, this particular rider was a romantic at heart and happened to love her music. We sang loud and proud!
Then there are the rides like my last one tonight, single mom being picked up at the grocery store with her 9 month old and 5 year old. That called for the Frozen soundtrack, so we "Let It Go" all the way home!
I guess what I'm saying is that so many times in the last couple weeks I really felt alone and like these things only happen to me. Then God just reached down and bonked me on the head and said "Are you crazy? You're no more special than anyone else, this happens to a lot of people." So as much happiness as there is to go round, there are just as many problems. And each one just makes us stronger. So beef up that heart and faith with all of these workouts God is giving you, because until you leave this earth, you're gonna be in training!!
I love you~