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Smashed by one who was ‘smashed’comment (0)

November 7, 2013

By Jennifer Davis Rash


Smashed by one who was ‘smashed’

The nice older gentleman wasn’t thrilled about driving me up and down the rows of smashed vehicles, but he did it. 

“I’m telling you, they picked up your car yesterday,” he kept saying. “It’s not here.”

But the “they” — my insurance company — assured me the car was still in the impound lot in north Birmingham. I had actually been looking for it all day. No one seemed to know where my car was.

As we drove around, I was shocked at how many wrecked cars were stored there as well as several cars that weren’t wrecked. The gentleman explained that the red suburban I pointed out was “in jail.” 

The owner had outstanding traffic tickets and his vehicle will be impounded until he pays up, the gentleman said. “That’s why I say it’s in jail.”

We turned another corner and I saw my Hyundai Sonata parked right in the middle of the only large puddle of muddy water in the lot. The gentleman shook his head. He couldn’t believe it was really there. We soon figured out the mystery behind the confusion over my car’s location, but before we could celebrate my new friend scowled again. 

He was attempting to build a bridge to my car to remove the items I came to retrieve and ended up soaking his tan non-waterproof work boots. He drew the line at attempting to get my tag off the trunk, which now permanently sits perched straight up like a disfigured hatchback rear door wannabe.

And while he had had a long day, the gentleman encouraged me amid the inconveniences that come with a car accident. He likes to keep the customers happy and that isn’t always easy, he said. “They aren’t always happy when they come to see me.”

And he is probably right. The back and forth that comes when several businesses are involved in any type of transaction can be frustrating. There have certainly been unorganized moments as I’ve worked through the aftermath of my car accident, but in almost every situation the person working with me has been extremely nice and willing to help.

Even at the scene of the accident, complete strangers stopped to help me after a drunk driver caused chaos on I-59 North and left two of us spinning out of control. They helped me get out of the car and guided me to safety.

My friend, Haley, saw the accident and came back to stay with me — for almost four hours. My family, friends, co-workers, church family, Baptist buddies and more have reached out to me. The result could have been so much worse, but I walked away and am able to tell you about it. 

So many others don’t get that chance, and to think that this happened during Red Ribbon Week — the annual national alcohol and drug prevention campaign.

I’m not sure how to convince people not to drink and drive, but I know our friends at Alabama Citizens Action Program (ALCAP) are sure trying. 

Nov. 10 is ALCAP Sunday. Consider taking up an offering to help this group with its efforts. Visit www.alcap.com for more information.

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Rashional Extras

 

Oh my my my, what a great article on being overwhelmed (Rashional Thoughts, September 2013). I have been overwhelmed on several occasions. I have felt the pats on the back. I have listened to a litany of platitudes punctuated with Scripture verses. I have also been told “God will not put more on us than we can handle.”  

Of course, I realized that these expressions of sympathy were  attempts to express  care or at least how they had been taught to care. I have come through the valley of the shadow several times as I have walked with so many others in their nights of sorrow and defeat. I have come to realize that it is not so much the written Word of God glibly spoken as it is His abiding presence. These are the words that bring comfort to me: “He walks with me and talks with me and He tells me I am His own.” Words of David shout it loudly, “Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death Thou art with me.” Perhaps the words of Jesus say it best, “Surely I am with you always.” 

I have come to believe that God will not put more on us than He can handle. Perhaps Tevye from “Fiddler On The Roof” might give us some valuable advice. He says in a conversation with God, “I know we are Your chosen people but just every now and then couldn’t You choose someone else?” Thank you for your wisdom and your compassion.

Wow. I am so encouraged by Rashional Thoughts again (October 2013). Our small drops are essential to the life of the kingdom. Thank you for reminding of a hymn we used to sing repeatedly in Georgia, “Little Is Much When God Is in It.” 

Pastor James Sampley
FBC Ashville

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A Captivated Heart

 

By Kelcie Kinchen
Student, University of Mobile

It seems the days fly by lately. I wake up Monday morning, reluctantly I might add, then I blink and it’s Sunday night again. Somewhere in between the blur of the week, we become exhausted and worn out. We run ourselves ragged trying to perform to get some sort of reward. Whether it’s later hours in the office seeking a promotion or a little girl twirling in her new dress for Daddy, we are all doing something in hopes of getting the reward we seek.

Many of us do that in our Christian walk. At some point we have all been guilty of letting the overflow of “good deeds” overshadow the view of the heart issue we tend to turn a blind eye to. I will be the first to admit that I have fallen to the lie in a season of my life, thinking that the more I do, the more God will love me and reward me. It took some deep heart searching to find out the true desire of God’s heart and the result shocked me and tore apart every idea I had of earning what I want from the world’s standpoint. The fact is God wants you to do nothing. That’s right, nothing.

All your hours of serving and giving your time away cannot compare to the time He wants with you doing nothing. It is in those intimate times that we simply seek His face and not His reward, that our hearts align with His for a moment and we see a glimpse of the true vision He wants us to see.

I love the story of Mary and Martha in Luke 10:38–42. ... The way Mary is described grips my heart and makes me want to be a woman like she was with a heart captivated by the guest in her home. My heart yearns to be a woman like Mary sitting at the feet of the Savior of the world enthralled by everything He says and the essence of who He is. This is a picture of how God desires us to be with Him and the way the world we live in has made us think we have to be to earn that relationship with Him that He promises from the beginning.

There is a time for service and giving our lives away in His name, but before any of that can take place we have to connect on a heart level with the One who we do all of that in, otherwise it is all in vain.

 

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“A person’s call is … first and foremost to God Himself. That strong and vibrant relationship with God then shapes every motivation, every action and every opportunity to use the resources he or she possesses.”

“Leading by Design: Follow Jesus’ example in leading twelve types of people”

Andrew Westmoreland with Patrick Springle

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Strive for 5

5 Healthy meals a day

5 Fruits and veggies a day

5 Workouts a week

5 iThirst video devotionals a week

5 New Testament chapters a week

Rondie Wilks
www.livingfitonline.com

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Your Aug. 1 Rashional Thoughts was very moving. It was very well done in regard to transparency as well as personal privacy.  

Vicki Ann Love Foster
Fairhope, Ala.

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Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength — carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.

Corrie ten Boom

 

 

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