February 23, 2016
After a long walk, I am standing in the parking lot, very ready to get into my car and drive home. I push the button on my opener, but my door does not open. I push the button again, still nothing happens. I complain to myself, “This battery shouldn’t be dead already!” I push the button again, still nothing. I decide to try the trunk button. Maybe it will work. Nope! It doesn’t work either. I begin to believe the battery is dead, and I find myself disappointed and frustrated – why can’t things work the way they’re supposed to???!!!
Then, I manage to pay attention to my surroundings long enough to notice a car two spaces further down in the parking lot. I’m thinking to myself, “I wonder if the owner knows they left their trunk . . .” I feel a little “blond” as I have my “light bulb” moment. The car I have been trying to open isn’t mine. My car is already open – trunk & all.
My first thought is, “What are the odds of two identical vehicles being parked so close to each other?” My second thought is, “I wonder how many doors I’ve tried to open in my life that weren’t mine to open?” But then, I see another lesson for me to learn. It’s so easy for me to get frustrated when things don’t work the way I think they should. I can lose faith in things working right and believe the battery is dead. But maybe . . . just maybe . . . I’m too focused on what isn’t working, to see what is working.
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.