Singing isn't the only thing you can do in the rain

I left my apartment early this morning to meet with my accountability partner before going to work. After backing out of the parking space, I pushed down on the gas to move forward…and not only did I not go forward, but my ears were also met with a grinding/whining sound that can only be described as “unpleasant.” As it turns out, my front left tire was completely flat. “Mangled” is actually a better word. I’m not sure what caused the problem and I didn’t stick around to figure it out. After all, I had a schedule to keep and I didn’t feel like playing Sherlock Holmes in the rainy darkness of early morning.

In fact (to go off on a tangent for a moment), there’s something going on with the combination of rainy weather, my car, and me having trouble. Just last week, I was attempting to get my niece’s car seat in my car, hurrying through the process because it was raining. (Might I point out: hurrying in the rain is not a cool thing do to. You know the song, “Singing in the Rain” from the film Singing in the Rain? There’s all that running and dancing and twisting without anyone taking a spill… That’s a big, fat Hollywood LIE!) I’m still not sure exactly how it happened, but the car seat collided with my lip in a blinding moment of less-than-ecstatic sensations. At first, I thought the pain was all I was dealing with. Then I felt my face and realized there was a huge gash where my lower lip used to be (okay, so that’s a bit of an exaggeration). So I had to finish buckling the car seat in while trying to keep from making my backseat look like a bloody crime scene.

Anyway, back to the present. One of the benefits of having your entire immediate family in the same apartment complex is being able to borrow someone else’s car. So I set out about fifteen minutes late…but then I couldn’t find the place where I was scheduled to meet with my accountability partner. Because I don’t have a cell phone right now I couldn’t call him and I began to wonder if I would ever find the place. (Eventually, I did.)

Here’s the really cool part: by God’s grace, I didn’t even get upset. With the comfort of acknowledging God’s sovereignty in all things, I was able to recognize His goodness even when things didn’t go as planned. My tire could have blown out while I was driving. My family members could have needed to use their cars today. I could have missed meeting with my accountability partner. Or, I could have made the meeting and been so flustered that I didn’t get anything out of it. Instead, God flooded my morning with mercy and filled my early morning meeting with grace. My little trial today was miniscule in the grand scheme of things, but it was a reminder that God’s purposes in suffering are the good of His people and the glory of His name. “You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.” (James 5:11)

Comments

All I can say is that "Singing in the Rain" is my FAVORITE musical...has my favorite song, favorite dance moves, favorite mother of a Star Wars actor, favorite comedic song, and favorite sappy happy ending.

Great blog entry...I just wanted to comment on the title!
Cap Stewart said…
I have to admit: I've never seen the entire movie.