Thursday, July 31, 2014

Road Trip: Fret Not Yourself; It Tends Only to Evil

While in the midst of a zany road trip, it occurred to me I have never written about any of them here. The craziest one had to be the time we were on route from Northern California to Vancouver, Washington and the transmission went out in our Dodge Durango about 180 miles into the trip. We spent five hours at a car repair facility before renting a car and continuing our trek. We checked back on our vehicle on the way home after vacation. I feel I must note, the car still was not ready by then. Hubs ended up trading it in (two weeks later) for a used 2005 Ford sports utility vehicle (SUV). Did I mention we had four young children with us during that one? Yeah, we did.

We've had blown tires on trailers (twice).

But this expedition (the road portion of it anyway) from Columbus, Texas to Gainesville, Florida (GO GATORS!!!) and back again was something different completely. All was well on the first leg of the jaunt until we stopped at a campground for an overnight and realized the air conditioning (AC) thermostat was not working properly and the AC would not come on inside the recreation vehicle (RV). It was a balmy, Florida, summer evening, we had one fan (which I pointed toward the kiddos), and hubs tossed and turned all night in a puddle of his sweat. (I am used to the humidity so it was not that big of a deal for me to be an overheated, sticky mess.) The second day was thankfully uneventful and went off without a hitch.

The week following, we decide to make the return portion of the journey in one fell swoop...no rest for the weary. (It's an easy 15 hours, no problem right?) We planned accordingly and left early enough in the morning to make it back to Texas before midnight. Approximately three hours from Gainesville we stopped for gas and noticed the gear shift was broken. The RV would not reverse. Hubs put it in what he believed was park and focusing on the task at hand (getting gas) he turned off the engine. Shortly there after, realizing the RV was NOT in park, he hastily tried to restart the vehicle. No bueno. Did we panic, get overly stressed, or freak out? Nope, it was just another bonkers twist to an adventure.

I grabbed drinks and snacks, hubs pumped gas, and somehow (by the grace of God) was able to work the mechanism into neutral and restart the RV. A bit of pulling and pushing, shoving and grunting and he found drive. Only problem now was he managed to wedge the RV too close to a parked van and was stuck without reverse capabilities. After a jog (by me) into the store/fast food joint and finding the operators of the van, we were off and running again. Only now we knew, whatever our undertaking along the way, we had to accomplish everything (getting gas, food, using the restroom, etc.) while keeping the RV in drive with the engine running...and we could not get ourselves stuck again in another parking lot.

Life is not perfect and even the fun times can be a challenge. But one thing you can count on is God will never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5)...not during the silly stuff, like this, nor the serious times! Whatever our situation --- and I do not say that lightly, believe me, I get it --- we are called to be content (Philippians 4:11).
1 Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers!
2For they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb.

3 Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
4 Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

5 Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.
6 He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.

7 Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way,over the man who carries out evil devices!

8 Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.
9 For the evildoers shall be cut off,but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land.

10In just a little while, the wicked will be no more;though you look carefully at his place, he will not be there.
11But the meek shall inherit the landand delight themselves in abundant peace.

12The wicked plots against the righteousand gnashes his teeth at him,
13but the Lord laughs at the wicked,for he sees that his day is coming.

14The wicked draw the sword and bend their bowsto bring down the poor and needy, to slay those whose way is upright;
15their sword shall enter their own heart,and their bows shall be broken.

16 Better is the little that the righteous hasthan the abundance of many wicked.
17For the arms of the wicked shall be broken,but the Lord upholds the righteous.

18The Lord knows the days of the blameless,and their heritage will remain forever;
19they are not put to shame in evil times;in the days of famine they have abundance.

20But the wicked will perish;the enemies of the Lord are like the glory of the pastures;they vanish—like smoke they vanish away.

21The wicked borrows but does not pay back,but the righteous is generous and gives;
22for those blessed by the Lord shall inherit the land,but those cursed by him shall be cut off.

23The steps of a man are established by the Lord,when he delights in his way;
24 though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong,for the Lord upholds his hand.

25I have been young, and now am old,yet I have not seen the righteous forsakenor his children begging for bread.
26He is ever lending generously,and his children become a blessing.

27 Turn away from evil and do good;so shall you dwell forever.
28For the Lord loves justice; he will not forsake his saints. They are preserved forever,but the children of the wicked shall be cut off.
29The righteous shall inherit the landand dwell upon it forever.

30The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom,and his tongue speaks justice.
31 The law of his God is in his heart;his steps do not slip.

32The wicked watches for the righteousand seeks to put him to death.
33The Lord will not abandon him to his poweror let him be condemned when he is brought to trial.

34 Wait for the Lord and keep his way, and he will exalt you to inherit the land; you will look on when the wicked are cut off.

35 I have seen a wicked, ruthless man,spreading himself like a green laurel tree.
36But he passed away, and behold, he was no more; though I sought him, he could not be found.

37Mark the blameless and behold the upright, for there is a future for the man of peace.
38But transgressors shall be altogether destroyed; the future of the wicked shall be cut off.

39 The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord;he is their stronghold in the time of trouble.40The Lord helps them and delivers them;he delivers them from the wicked and saves them,because they take refuge in him. (Psalm 37. ESV.)
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