2016-02-17 - Matchbox Cars
When I was in grade school, we lived on a cul-de-sac. One of my favorite things to do, on a nice spring or summer day, was taking my case of matchbox cars outside and form some dirt roads and play. We lived at the end of the street, so it was perfect for me to go out and enjoy myself. I had regular and double-decker buses, police cars, fire trucks, road building vehicles, sports cars, family cars, and even a motorcycle with a trailer and a boat with a trailer. I think my love of cars, and interest in how things worked, came partially from that time I spent outside, with the cars in the dirt.
As an adult, I find time driving cars much less enjoyable than playing with cars outside on a nice day. In fact, there are days I wonder if I will make it home without getting in some sort of fender bender. I am sure I crashed my toy cars into each other when playing, at times, yet nearly getting tee boned in a parking lot on the way home from the grocery, or lane sweeps that could potentially lead to several cars in a pileup on the interstate, are not my idea of a fun time. More recently, I know in a period of less than an hour in my car, I thought to myself “what the heck are you doing?” a dozen times or more, regarding people around me - as I was just trying to get home after a long day. As a little one, it never occurred to me that being in an actual car could be so stressful. I have no idea how people do long term driving as a job, and not lose their minds. And we can lose our temper so easily, without finding ways to manage those challenging situations.
We live in a fallen world, so it’s going to creep into so many aspects of day-to-day living. We can still have fun on a road trip or running errands, but we sometimes will have to work a little harder than we had to as a kid, to enjoy it. But we do have a father in Heaven who said he would be there for us and is always taking care of us, once we ask him into our lives. And even after a tough traffic day, I still love cars and how they work. I’m not as fond of dirt roads, because there’s more to washing the car than dusting it off and putting it back in the case. There are hurting people in those cars, so we need to dust off our egos, do the best we can and forgive them as we want to be forgiven - before starting over the next day. God is counting on us to share our fun with others, so they know tomorrow has promise, His promise.
“That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;” (Philippians 2:15)
All scripture references from KJV (King James Version) unless otherwise noted