Consider the work of God; For who can make straight what He has made crooked? – Ecclesiastes 7:13 NKJV
The Lord made “Mother Nature,” and despite all our modern technology, our natural environment around us can prove formidable.
Yesterday, as I was leaving the home inspection of my new house in Tijeras, New Mexico, I ran into an unexpected inconvenience. I was driving my husband’s truck, which I drive usually no more than seven times a year, and as I was backing out the dirt portion of our property next to the of the driveway of our soon-to-be home, I noticed that I couldn’t back out. My tires were stuck in the mud! Had I known how to use the 4H setting of the truck, I could have backed out without hassle, but instead, I pulled forward into what I thought was a good section of our property to turn around.
Wrong. That section of our property was a minefield of sticky, thick mud left over from the snow that had melted. As I pulled my husband’s truck forward, I went too far into the mud and the tires of the truck got stuck into the mud. At that point, I was just spinning my wheels and even 4H couldn’t get the truck out of the mud. I have never gotten a vehicle stuck in the mud before, and I didn’t know what to do, so I called my husband, who was still recovering from his cold and was resting at the hotel room in Albuquerque.
Needless to say, my husband was not too thrilled about the mess I had gotten his truck into, but he came to the rescue, toddler in tow. Luckily our three-year-old old son had fallen asleep in the car during the drive from the hotel to our new house. He didn’t get in the way while my husband and our realtor brainstormed a solution to my dilemma.
My realtor luckily had a pair of pliers in his jeep and carefully removed the staples from the section of wire fencing in front of my husband’s truck. Once my husband and our realtor pulled back a portion of the wire fencing, they were able to create an impromptu gate through which my husband could drive the truck forward and out of the mud. With my husband’s expert command of the truck’s settings, he managed to maneuver his vehicle out of the muddy mess onto the road.
During the extraction of my husband’s truck from the mud, I prayed earnestly that the Lord would get us out of the mess that I had inadvertently created through my ignorance of truck operations and my lack of experience with homes that didn’t have gravel alongside the driveway.
God can get us out of any muddy situation, literally and figuratively. He listens to our prayers even if our mistakes and lack of knowledge cause us to get into embarrassing predicaments. He may even help us see the humor in the situation in retrospect.
My realtor will have an interesting story to add to his experiences created by rookie rural home buyers now…about the lady who didn’t know enough about driving her husband’s truck to get it out of the mud!
The Lord can straighten out any mess that we made, no matter how muddy. Amen.