The Wrong Turn

Several weeks ago I had an ‘incident’ that is somehow still fresh in my memory. Following our small group meeting, in an area that I’m not overtly familiar with, I decided to try a new route home. All because I’d heard people say that it’s shorter.

I started the journey into the unknown territory and very quickly I thought, ‘boy this is muddy’. Never mind. You do what most blokes do. Just power on ahead, hoping to make it out. But, it got worse. The mud seemed to get deeper and the sides of the huge Cumbrian hedge seemed to wall me in tighter and tighter. I kept going until I was forced to stop. It was only as I got out of the car that I realised the idiocy of my venture. I was in deep trouble.

It was a miracle the car came out of there that night. Miracle, because it was a God sized task. Fortunately, God’s instruments were people, one who was an amazing ‘reverser’ and three very strong buddies. What should have been a tractor pull job in the daylight, with the attached scorn by the farmers ribbing the silly townie, was a job done in the middle of the night.

It’s one of those stories I can laugh about, but there are many lessons learned.

  • Shortcuts aren’t always shorter.
  • Do your homework before trying something new.
  • If it looks bad, it doesn’t always get better.
  • It’s not always embarrassing to admit defeat and do a u-turn.
  • Asking the right questions might save you plenty of hassle.
  • Mistakes are life’s growing pains, you won’t grow without them.
  • God has an amazing ability to put the right people in the right place.
  • Life events will teach the teachable soul many lessons.

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