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!