• Melinda Eye Cooper

Enjoy the Ride!

My first car was an old Toyota Corolla that you could start with a butter knife!  My dad paid $300.00 for it to teach me a lesson.


Apparently, I told him that he had to spend a certain amount of money on me a vehicle because that's what he spent on my older brother.


He got a strange look on his face and said, "No, I don't."


I worried about that reaction when he left to shop for me a car but didn't think too much of it...until he brought a clunker home, parked it in the driveway and handed me the key with a big smile on his face. (It was later on that I discovered you could start it with a butter knife...)

I'm sure my mouth hung open as I realized the clunker was my car and not at all what I was expecting.


It had a wire coat hanger in place of the antenna and spit black smoke out the tail pipe every time I shifted gears. Many of my friends in high school were embarrassed to ride through town with me!


He taught me a valuable lesson.


Do not expect the same things that your brother or sister got just because you are also my child.


I would definitely say that God is the same way with His children.


Sometimes, we have expectations and are disappointed when we see other's aspirations fulfilled and ours are not. We don't understand why we were overlooked for a position we hoped for or didn't get the raise we felt we deserved or even a pat on the back for a job well done.


We can get very fleshy and sassy about it. We can even have an attitude of "I deserve that just as much as they do!"


But the reality is that we deserve what God sees fit to give to us. It might not be what we expect or what we believe that we deserve.


You might get a $300.00 Toyota Corolla (that you will be slightly embarrassed to drive) when you feel you should be getting something much newer and nicer. But it will get you to where you need to go.


God will 'put us in our place' until our attitude is right and then He will put us in the place He has for us.


In the meantime, put the old clunker in gear and drive around town with smoke boiling out your tailpipe like you mean it! Tune in some good music with that wire coat hanger and enjoy the ride!

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