Over the past two weeks, our family has driven more than 4,000 miles and been in every time zone in America. Leigh-Ann and the girls were in Seattle for a soccer tournament where Sophia’s team took 3rd in the nation. Congrats!
Meanwhile, the boys and I left for Dallas, TX for a tournament for Dallas. Yep, Dallas played in Dallas.
From there we met up in Atlanta for a wedding. It sure felt great to be back together after a week and a half apart.
On the day of the wedding we had a few wrinkles….about an hour before we were supposed to leave for the wedding we discovered one of the boys (under my supervision 😊) forgot his suit pants in KC. So, he and I raced out to find something…and at our 5th store, we hit the jackpot. We raced back to shower and get ready and made it to the wedding just at the right time.
The wedding and reception went awesome and then as we drove away, I noticed the car wasn’t cooling quite right…and within a few minutes warnings began flashing on the dashboard and it died. We coasted to a safe parking place, called some friends, tried a new battery, and stalled out again on an entrance ramp in Atlanta. With our friend’s help, we were all eventually transported back to our hotel.
Ultimately, our car was towed, diagnosed, and eventually pronounced dead. Fortunately, we were able to rent a van and made it back to KC safe and sound.
During our travel saga, there were plenty of blessings. I had been scheduled to preach at a friend’s church on Sunday, July 3, however, he got COVID, and so we made other plans a few days prior. Since our car died, we wouldn’t have made it. When we canceled the preaching engagement, I decided to get an additional night in our hotel, so that was also covered. And we were walking distance from plenty of restaurants and most importantly a Sam’s Club. And last but certainly not least, we had a nice pool to complete our mandatory vacation in Atlanta.
At the same time, I would be lying if I told you I wasn’t at all worried about fixing or replacing the vehicle. It wasn’t easy wondering whether it would cost hundreds or thousands of dollars. Ultimately, I realized there was nothing more we could do and as a family, we attempted to stay focused on all the blessings.
You might relate…maybe you haven’t been left stranded in a distant city, but you have struggled with the unexpected. Perhaps a relationship or a job or maybe even a house or car.
It is tempting to focus on the disappointments of life.
Don’t do it.
This Sunday, we begin a nine-week series through Psalm 37 about “Thriving in an evil world.” The point is there are people and groups of people who are evil, and they appear to be successful. However, we must not focus on changing those who are evil, but rather we must focus on God.
Easier said than done…and this is why I hope to see you on Sunday at 8:00, 9:15 (Full KidCity available) or 10:45 am, or you can watch the Livestream on YouTube (Like and Subscribe) or Facebook at 10:45 am.