There was no particular reason, but I (Jeff) just didn’t make the turn right this time. I pulled into the parking spot and heard a shocking “crunch” as my car smooshed itself on the next car’s tire. Ugh! After at least 20 years with no car incidents, I knew my plans for the day were taking a radical change. All kinds of things went through my head as I saw only a minor scratch on the other car (is this really a big deal?), but calling the police was the only right choice (Titus 3:1-7).
They responded quickly, and they were tough but fair, and the other car’s owner was polite as could be expected for the hassle she didn’t ask for or cause. The officer even said, “I applaud you for doing this right. So many people take off.” It could have been a lot worse, and I know God’s hand was in it… but it still left me shaken. I felt like a terrible driver, I felt guilt for the other person. I felt overwhelmed by all the work and cost ahead on top of all the regular burdens of life.
I definitely haven’t put a bow on this story (which as I write this happened yesterday), but I know the truth that none of this is a waste. God is with us in every circumstance, whether green pastures or valleys of death (Psalm 23:4). If He is with me and He is in control, then even the good things that are delayed because I mess up fit within His plan, and He will use even this to make me more like His Son (Romans 8:28-29).
May we not be so busy with our own plans that we miss out on what God wants to do with us.