Have you ever had a day that you would like to redo? Well, one day last week, I had one of those days. It wasn’t necessarily a bad day just a crazy day. Since, we were working at a chapel in Milan, New Mexico, we decided to take a short vacation and ride our motorcycle across the four corners area. We stopped to spend the night in Monticello, Utah. The next morning, I began the day by accidently getting sun block in my left eye. It burned like crazy. In fact, it hurt so bad that I had to take my contact out and keep my eye closed for about 10 minutes. I finally had to leave the motel with no eye makeup on because I couldn’t stand to open my eye. However, after a little while, it cleared up and I could once again enjoy God’s beautiful creation as we continued to sight see through the mountains.
After several hours of riding and sightseeing, we stopped to take a much needed bathroom break. Of course, when you are driving through a national park, your only bathroom choice is a permanent outhouse with no running water which may or may not be a little better than a port-a-potty. So I go in and I have nowhere to sit my phone except on the six or seven rolls of toilet paper which are hung on a wire. I find the biggest roll and carefully place my phone on top of it. It looks safe to me. And everything is good until I stand up and bump the toilet paper rolls. My phone hits the concrete face down and the cover actually goes in two different directions. I am in panic mode. I quickly bend over to check out the condition of my phone and as I do my sunglasses fall off my face and land six feet deep in the waterless toilet never to be seen again. Well actually I could see them but I wasn’t going after them.
Now I am really in a panic, so I ask every person in the parking lot if they have an extra pair of sunglasses that they would be willing to sell and of course no one carries extras with them. But one couple did tell us that there was a privately owned store about 10 miles up the road; not in the direction we were going but nevertheless it was closer than anything we had passed. Remember we are on a scenic drive in a national park. So we head west and I am keeping my eyes closed because the wind is so strong and I have no glasses. And believe me, a curvy, mountainous drive is no fun with your eyes closed. However 22 miles later, we finally arrived at this one of a kind store. And yes, they had sunglasses.
The long haired, friendly, mountain man working behind the counter pointed to a rack with three pair of sunglasses and he told me he also had a pair on the counter that someone had left behind that I could have. Well I really didn’t want to take someone else’s sunglasses so I picked a pair from the rack. They were the ugliest sunglasses I had ever seen. They had great big lenses with wooden frames. I knew I would never wear them again, but it was better than traveling with my eyes closed. And then he told me they cost $50. There was no way I was paying $50 for those horrible sunglasses so instead I gratefully accepted those big, red, scratched, kids-sized sunglasses that had been left behind. And now, once again, my eye problem was solved. I could get on with my sightseeing. And it cost me nothing. After all, the glasses were free.
Oh, I almost forgot this part. By this time, we needed gas. And guess what? They had gas, $6 a gallon gas. Praise the Lord we were on the motorcycle and only needed three gallons.
As we rode back down the 22 miles that we had already seen, I thought about how this situation relates to our everyday lives and our need for Christ. We ask people for help. We wander around searching for solutions to our problems. We go out of our way looking for happiness. We pay high prices for material things that we think will bring us contentment. When the only thing we actually need is Christ Jesus as our personal savior. A personal relationship with Christ can fulfill all our needs. And this relationship is free. It is a gift. Just like it says in Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” But you must be willing to accept this gift just as I had to be willing to accept those sunglasses before they did me any good.
And since I don’t believe in coincidence, I find it very fitting that the glasses were red; just like the blood that Jesus shed for us on the cross. As just like it says in I John 1:7, “But if we walk in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” In fact, I think this song says it best: What can wash away our sins, nothing but the blood of Jesus.”
This is Nana Nancy, Let Jesus be YOUR Guide as you enjoy YOUR ride!
Bill and I spend a lot of time traveling across the United States from truck stop to truck stop in our motor home. We spend hours on the road trying to reach our destinations but we never seem to get in a hurry. When we get tired, we pull over and set up our little house. We may stay in one location for several nights or we may just stay overnight and move on. We study, read, watch TV, play the keyboard, sing, pay our bills, cook, and anything else that we need to do. But even still, I have lots of free time just to meditate on life. So I have taken up a new hobby, a Blog.
I have never considered myself to be a writer, In fact being a math teacher for many years did not give me much reason to write. However, after Mike passed away, writing seemed to help me deal with the grief I was experiencing. I started a blog about life after losing a spouse. My intentions were to hopefully help someone else that might be suffering from the loss of a loved one. Although, I have not added any new entries in a while, the blog is still available at dunnsite.wordpress.com. I started my new blog, which is available at nancyblackmon.com, basically as a way for our friends and family to follow us on our new journey. But then, other ideas to write about starting popping into my mind, so now, I just simply write about ordinary, everyday objects or activities and try to apply biblical truths to these activities.
Actually, I take pictures and then I wait for God to send me a message to go with the pictures. So I take snapshots everywhere I go. I take pictures while we are traveling down the road, while we are parked, while we are eating, while we are attending special events, etc. Thanks to the advancement of technology and iphones, taking pictures is now fast and easy. And I always have my camera with me. However, ideas are not always so easy. Several weeks ago, I just couldn’t seem to come up with any ideas. I was still taking pictures, but no thoughts were entering my brain. One morning, during my prayer time, I asked God to please send me some thoughts. After all, in Matthew 21:22, Jesus told us that whatsoever we ask for in prayer, believing, we will receive. Also in John 16:24, we are told, “Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.” I expressed my joy in writing and I told Him I wanted to be able to continue my Blog to hopefully reach out to others.
Later that morning, as I was taking a shower, thoughts started running through my brain. One thought after another and all my thoughts seemed to be matching my pictures. I had to hurry up and get out of the shower so I could jot down what God was telling me. And then I was reminded of what Ezekiel told the people of Israel, “And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing.” So I researched those verses and what Patrick Oben says in his article seems to sum it up perfectly. He said, “When the shower falls on the earth, the crops produce their fruits, abundantly and in increasing measures. This is the blessing. It is a downpour from heaven that causes the earth to produce supernatural results. It is best conceptualized as a “shower of blessing” indeed, as showers from heaven cause the earth to become fruitful and produce abundantly.”
God answered my prayer that morning and he sent me my “shower of blessings.”
This is Nana Nancy, Let Jesus be YOUR Guide as you enjoy YOUR ride!