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Monday, February 23, 2009

Man Card Blues

Church had just ended. We were busy changing Joy Church back into a Community Center when I got my bad news for the day. I had a flat tire on my van. One person offered their gloves and a spare, another a floor jack they had in their car, another a ride. I dismissed them all. After all I had AAA. And to be honest the real reason was I wasn't so sure I could get the tire off. How embarrassing that would be. Sure enough I could not get the lug-nuts to budge.

I hold the jacks and lug wrenches they supply with vehicles today in the lowest of regards and today seem to support my disdain but that really didn't help me much. I called my wife to inform her of my situation and to ask her to bring my X shaped lug wrench. During the conversation my Cell phoned died. I wasn't sure how much of the conversation she got. Shortly a tow-truck appeared and soon my wife. She got the "Couldn't get the tire off" part but not the bring my lug wrench. (Cell Phones are also not high on my list).

The tow-truck guy takes my lug wrench and starts on the tire. At first I started to feeling better as he grunted and pulled with no luck. Then the squeal of metal on metal giving sunk my heart and my pride. With a lot of grunting and muttering he finally got them all free but one. With one Herculean pull he breaks my lug wrench with the stubborn lug-nut refusing to budge. My man card is temporally restored. He goes to his truck and gets his own cross lug wrench and after much effort finally frees the nut and the tire.

After it was all said and done it didn't cost a cent other than the $85 to replace the tire. But I missed a chance for a blessing and to share in the love of God. All because of my foolish pride. The pulpit and the bible tells us "A Prideful Nature is a Spiritual Stumbling Block".

When pride comes, then comes dishonor, but with the humble is wisdom. Proverbs 11:2 NASB

Oh-Well there's always next time.

Pictures taken at St. Sebastian Church.


Kurt H said...

Nice juxtaposition of the cross pics with the longing for the cruciform wrench in the text. I'm sure there's a spiritual analogy there that deserves further development.

Russ Martin (AKA "Steeple Chaser") said...

Thanks Kurt,

I agree there could be more of a story here.