Monday, January 21

a lesson in progress

One of my sons has a car that had been his older brother's car which had been the oldest brother's car which had been a friend's a car who got the car from someone else. I have no idea who had it before him, but let's just say that it's a sweet little car with a kazillion miles on it which everyone has loved driving. The body is in good condition, yet there was major work that needed to be done - transmission and clutch. Friends had a cousin who does car mechanic work who was going to be in our area this weekend, so all the parts were ordered to do the job with his help. So, first thing Saturday morning they began the work in my husband's heated work garage. One problem. The mechanic cousin turned out to be a young adult like my boys who does a little bit of mechanical work on the side. You know, not REALLY a mechanic. And what they anticipated taking one day, well, it took one day just to get the old transmission out. And yesterday's schedule only allowed them a couple hours of work time between church and football games. Let's just say there's a lot of tools and a lot of car parts all over my husband's garage and an undriveable car in the midst. Did I mention they bypassed using the instruction manual? @@@@@@@@@@ (yup, that's me rolling my eyes....HELLO?????)

Isn't that how we tackle life sometimes? We have a big challenge ahead of us we are ready to tackle. We seek advice from someone who may have kind of gone through something a bit similar. We leap ahead with a particular plan in mind and things start going wrong. The problems get bigger. Pretty soon there are disagreements, hurt feelings, and papers all over the place. The situation is not pretty. Nor is the predicted outcome. And it's taking a lot longer to work out than our plan originally indicated. We've got one big mess on our hands. Did I mention that perhaps we bypassed using our instruction manual? You know, God's Word. Didn't use it and perhaps also didn't take the time to seek His wisdom through our prayers.

You know, it's never too late to consult His instruction manual. Plus it's never too late to take the whole big mess before Him in prayer. And it's never too late to correct our selfish plan and work through His plan as we wisely learn the lessons He has for us.

"There are many plans in a man's heart, nevertheless the LORD's counsel - that will stand." ~ Proverbs 19:21

A lesson in progress. For us all.

Here's to my husband getting his work garage back before spring and my son's car running properly in the end!

Tammy ~@~

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