by: Richelle Torres
IT'S DANGEROUS OUT THERE
by Jeff Ware, Student Life Pastor
I'm not as bad as I used to be in thinking negatively, but I still have a long way to go. You see, a lot of weird things have happened to me. Instead of forgetting and moving on, I remember and step back.
I was having one of those bad weeks where all you do is fret. Ever been there? Following is an account of what happened in a 7-day period of time:
1st – I was living in Natchitoches at the time. On my way to work, I stopped at a Southern Maid Donuts drive-through. I said to the woman at the window, "I'll have three glazed donuts and a cup of coffee." She started mumbling something that I couldn't hear. I thought she might be able to hear me if she opened that window. It was early; I hadn't had my coffee and was getting annoyed. OK, I was annoyed. AGAIN, I say three glazed donuts and coffee. Again I hear her mumbling through the glass. I thought, "I'm going to have to stick my head through the window of hers and let everyone know inside the restaurant what I WANT," and of course So, I did…I leaned forward to tell her what I thought and SMACK. She had not forgotten to pull her window open. I forgot to roll down my window. I hit my head on my window so hard I saw stars. She started laughing, and I can't tell you how embarrassed I was. I finally got my 3 glazed donuts, my coffee and drove sheepishly away with her still laughing.
2nd – I drive up to a Raising Cane's and tell the speaker I would like a box combo, extra sauce, and a sweet tea. She gave me the total and said, "Please pull around to the first window." I pulled around to the first window and paid my money. I was driving down the road and made a sharp turn to avoid a car and put my hand over to hold the drink so it wouldn't spill. The only problem was there was no drink. There wasn't a box combo either. Apparently, I paid my money and just kept driving past the window with the person holding food for me. I did go back, and now instead of 1 person, four people were laughing, waiting for the man to come back and get his food.
3rd - I needed gas. The pump wouldn't take a credit card, so I had to go in and pay cash. I paid $20, and while I was driving down the road, I looked at the gas gauge and thought to myself, "That didn't put much gas in." Well, it would have if I had actually pumped the gas. I paid, got in my car, and drove off WITHOUT pumping the gas. Again, I drive back, and the guy smiled; apparently, more people do this here than at Southern Maid Donuts and Raising Cane's.
Where was my head? What was I thinking?
We have all been to that place where we think we cannot take another step, where we feel we cannot go on, where we believe we cannot handle it anymore. You may be there right now. When we attempt things in our own strength, we will never succeed in the long haul. We will burn out and be no good to anyone. A lot of times, we find comfort in trials and pain because that is all we know. Most of us don't go to the dentist until the tooth pain is much worse than the fear of the dentist. But by that time, more damage may have been done that it costs ten times as much than if you went for a routine checkup.
Matthew 7:7-8 "Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks, the door will be opened."
If you are troubled, burdened, without hope, and in pain, ask the Lord to keep you from sinking. Ask him to lift you up on dry land so you will not slip into the chaos that this life brings. We have not defeated Satan, but He who lives in us has. Start today by turning your power (or lack of power) over to Jesus and let Him reign in your life. Why not let the One who knows the outcome before it even happens help you in all the decisions you make? And my final point: if you pay for something, make sure you at least pick it up.