Monday, March 8, 2010

Blue Light Special!

So, last night we were five minutes away from our church, heading back home (we have a 2 1/2 hour drive each way) when we saw the blue lights.  The road our church is on leads us all the way to Hwy 16.  Along this path, you enter a new city, (all rural though), and for no apparent reasoning, the speed limit goes up and down between 45 and 55.  It changes several times.  Jonathan was going 59 (he never goes over 5-6 over the speed limit).  Unfortunately, he didn't realize the speed limit had dropped to 45, so he was going 14 over.  Now isn't that special?  A blue light special!  :(

Let's just say it was not an enjoyable ride home.  Mom would be proud though!  I kept my mouth closed and didn't get too mad about it!  :D  I figured God had always taken care of us, and though this situation was pretty irritating and costly, He's never let us go without!  So why would he start now.  Maybe he was keeping us from some other danger ahead, right?  Deer were everywhere, so maybe it was God's plan of protection! :)  I am choosing to look at this positively, it is far too easy to look at it negatively.  I chose not to fight with Jonathan, and on the way home, though I was too aggrivated to snooze, thought about it this way:  Satan does not want us to do things for God.  We made the decision this weekend to move to Savannah and live in a "parsonage" room full time, leaving our house vacant for showings.  You see, we have been commuting every weekend for 5 or 6 months now.  We've stayed on an air mattress on the nursery floor, in an RV, and most recently in Jon's office on the floor.  I feel sure we are about to face much scrutiny from others with good intending opinions, and more than that, I know we are about to face increased hardships/trials since Satan wants to get the victory.  That being said, this is just one of those many trials that are not fun, but we will live through.

Even in the valley, God is good....God is good, All the time!  :)  That's our motto.  That, and our newest one (on our church sign too, thanks Janet!), "God wants full custody, not just weekend visits!"  Pretty funny in our situation, huh? :D 

Jon called today, and to our delight, the ticket will only cost $100.  That is a HUGE blessing, I was expecting $300 or more!  :)  Also, if he had been going ONE MILE AN HOUR FASTER (15 over), he would have gotten a point on his license and our insurance might have increased.  But thankfully, the officer clocked him at 14!  Talk about God's Grace!!!! :D  Maybe I'm absurd for looking at it this way, maybe you don't understand.  But, we all have a choice.  You can choose to be angry, mad, or irrational.  Or you can choose to be peaceful, happy, and forgiving.  Which one will make you feel better?  I think the latter, don't you?

If you see me getting upset about anything (and I was a bit at first last night, see my facebook status!) please call me on it!  I want to take things in stride and create a calm atmosphere! 

Thanks be to God for His grace, and who for now, has blessed me with the greatest family, friends, and church I could ask for!


Until Later! 
Meredith

1 comment:

  1. I am sorry to hear about the ticket. But I am excited about how you made a choice to handle it!

    About the trials and where you and your family are hanging your hat at is only between you guys and God. You see,the life of a Christian is never about sameness. It is always about change. We are being conformed to the image of Christ through all of the changes that come our way.

    Keep on keepin' that positive chin up!

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