Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Joy Challenge - Day 20 - Joy?

I just watched as our pretty new car rolled out of our driveway on the back of a flatbed truck. I felt so sad. Isn't it funny the way we attach human qualities to inanimate objects?

Some very thoughtless person lost some of the cinder blocks from the load he was carrying and left them lying in the road. They were there, just around the bend in the road, when my husband was driving home, having delivered some things to my Mom and Dad. He did his best to avoid them but it was impossible. He rode over one causing damage to the undercarriage of the car. The transmission panel is dented and apparently this is something serious and has the potential to cause serious damage to the transmission if you drive the car. Hence the flatbed truck.

I confess that my normal reaction to things like this is to get very upset and begin to think of all the problems it will cause, and why did this have to happen to our new car, and how much will it cost, and how will we do all the things we need to do this week, and now we will have to rent a car, on and on and on.

However, I just "happen" to be writing about joy, and I just "happen" to be working on a Bible study lesson on attitude - complaining in particular - this week. When I caught myself slipping into my usual fretful mode of operation, I actually stopped to consider the things the Lord has been teaching me. I prayed for forgiveness for the mental complaining I'd already done and asked the Lord to give me joy in these circumstances. I began to thank Him for all the things He has already done for us and to ask for His help in having things run smoothly and remain affordable for us.

I hesitate to write about this because I am so far from being all the Lord would have me to be it makes me wonder at the grace He has poured into my life. I am not trying to set myself up as someone who has it all together. This is simply to say that when we take one baby step toward our Father, He is crouched down with arms extended urging us on and providing all that we need to make it the distance. When I did those simple things, He met me there. I felt His joy and peace. Oh, it isn't the dancing around laughing gaily sort of joy. It is a warm sense of His presence and a knowing that He hears and cares and will faithfully take care of us.

"But I trust in Your unfailing love, I will rejoice because You have rescued me. I will sing to the Lord because He is good to me."
Psalm 13:5,6



  1. That is so sad about your new car. But God! I love saying that. :) He is doing a new thing in you. I just wanted to let you know Linda that I have noticed a difference in your writing in the last few weeks. Some thing is different in you. And, it is showing in your writing. Not sure what, except that maybe it is focusing on the things that bring you so much joy. Anyway, just wanted you to know that I noticed. God is good.
    love, Christy

  2. I have also noticed a subtle change too, Linda - you sound peaceful, and as I was reading this post, my immediate thought was thank heavens Linda's husband was not hurt when he hit the blocks. It could have been very nasty indeed. God is most definitely good, and I keep learning so much from your writing here. Your faith and openness are both inspirational!

  3. Ah, Linda...such beauty your heart holds! I praise Him for that.

    And thank you for your precious words at my blog today. They meant much.

    I'll still enter you in the drawing, if you'd like! You could always pass it onto to your grandchildren! The main character is a boy of 12...but, really, I think anyone would enjoy it!

  4. Thanks for all you do in the blogging world! God Bless You. Come grab your award from me!


  5. Oh, how sad! I know how I felt when our very old car was being towed away when we donated it a few years ago. Sometimes we do get attached to these things. But thank the Lord for His peace, and He is already giving that to you. God bless.

  6. Glad you got that beautiful rain...that watered the ground and caused the flowers to be beautiful. Like the tears we shed over...whatever...it waters us to cause us to bloom.
    Sorry about your car. Sad.
    I am going through a crazy time...it is causing me to do a lot of hard labor that I would never choose to do and it is costing us 500 dollars. I never thought to look for some joy in this...I will choose to be joy filled (o: Even if this is not a joyous situation.

  7. Sorry about your car, but very thankful how you shared so honestly with us and gave us the beautiful illustration of our Father crouching down for us as we take our baby steps...

  8. Ooh...ouch! I will be praying for a "quick recovery" for your car and extra patience and peace for you both!

  9. So glad no one was hurt in that situation! Sorry your car was damaged.

    I never cease to be amazed at how God takes us right where we are! What an encouragement as you sought joy in such a circumstance!!

  10. ... Linda, you add so much SONshine here in blogland...and I'm sure all around you...
    Linda, imagine that because you prepared within, this circumstance with your car would be much more difficult.
    You bless us all with this lesson.

  11. ..........and I am thankful (and joyful) that your husband was not injured. Thankyou for sharing your thoughts.