The Car That Saved My Marriage
That spring I was coming home from work when I saw a large, four wheel drive pickup coming at me fast. You know the type. Big knobby tires, huge cattle catcher on the front and a teenage driver who isn't paying attention. BAM! He hit me so hard that I rear-ended the car in front of me who in turn rear-ended the car in front of him. Great.
Fortunately for me, one of the students at the college was a body man and had his shop there in Springfield. One week later I was back on the road and driving to Florida.
But that car was never the same.
Shortly after arriving in Florida I noticed that the doors were not working properly. Then they stopped working altogether. Not just one door - both doors. That's bad news when all you have is a two door car. We didn't have enough money to fix the doors, so we had to live with it. Imagine Dukes of Hazzard and the General Lee. We climbed in and out of the windows.
We would have to arrive at church before anyone else and leave after everyone else was gone. This way no one had to witness the carnage. At the same time, Betty and I were at war with each other. We didn't know how to be married; therefore we were bad at it. I mean appallingly bad at it.
But how did this car save my marriage?
The church where we worked didn't allow women on staff to wear pants. That's right - Dukes of Hazzard in a dress now! I had to help her in and out of that car so many times. FYI - There is no graceful way to get a woman out of a two door 78 Monte Carlo. We laughed and giggled every time we did it.
Proverbs 17:22 A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
There was very little to laugh about in those early years. But that car did cause us to have a joyful heart.
PRAY: Dear Jesus, I need to laugh today. Help me to have a good sense of humor. AMEN
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