Sometimes things don’t work out the way you plan. “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content” (Phil 4:11). Paul got it right. sometimes we have to learn to be content, regardless of our circumstances.
Take this past weekend for instance. On the Marriage Retreat, we experienced two broken down church buses, 3 rental cars, delays, and all the joys of being stranded on the side of the interstate!
Let me tell you what else we experienced, the gracious hospitality and generosity of the family in Christ! Let me give you the run down so you can appreciate how awesomely incredible it is to be a Christian.
The second day into our trip the transmission goes out on our Short Bus. Called a brother at the Sevierville church of Christ who recommended a good and reasonable shop to get it repaired. Called a brother in Christ we knew at the Retreat who happened to have his 8 passenger Chevy Traverse with him. He gave us the keys and told us to use it all night and bring it back the next day. The next day we were able to get a cheap rental car while Laura Beth’s dad brought up their congregation’s church van (Hebron church of Christ/2.5 hours away) for us to use to get home. That worked great for a day and half till we were on I-40 outside of Lebanon, TN when the fuel pump goes out. That stranded us on the side of the interstate. We were able to call the Maple Hill church of Christ in Lebanon who brought their Youth Group in their bus to pick us up and take us to a restaurant. Brice’s uncle and aunt (who live close) were able to give us a ride to a rental car place in Nashville to get two cars to come home in. So, if you were counting, that’s 8 vehicles in 4 days! All in all we arrived home around 9pm Sunday night (instead of the 4pm planned time).
I’ve never experienced more car trouble, nor so great a kindness than we had this weekend. Did things go as planned? NO. Did things work out all right? Most definitely! So thankful for all those who helped and for the Lord who blessed us through the whole process. There are many great blessings about being a Christian. The wonderful family that we have through Christ is one of the best! I could not imagine going through life without it!
Sometimes you have to roll with the punches and learn to be content with your situations, but you never have to go through it alone. We are told that the Lord will never leave us nor forsake us, and that lo, he will be with us always. Family in Christ is there through thick and thin. If you haven’t done so recently, stop and say a prayer for the blessings in Christ and for the family you have in Him. Sometimes we are reminded by difficult circumstances just what a blessing it is to be in Christ.. #TGBTG