Here There and Everywhere

Expat wanderer

God Laughs

So I think I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that Lent was beginning and I was giving up all cursing in the car, as a kind of practicing some spiritual discipline kind of thing.

What I didn’t tell you was that I had this sneaky strategy all planned out – I had all kinds of projects lined up at home, and I didn’t really intend to be on the road much during Lent, and I thought that not putting myself in temptation would help do the trick.

I always get tripped up when I make those kinds of strategic decisions toward spiritual disciplines. Strategic and spiritual don’t always blend too well.

What happened is this – suddenly I have found myself on the road more than I ever thought. On the road every single day. Running from one thing to another. And not just my familiar treks either, but some challenging driving, new places, and with people in the car.

The pressure is on. The very worst day of all, I just had to give God a great big grin and thank him for the opportunity to really, really practice my spiritual discipline. The car is full of people, I am on a strange road, sand and dust are blowing everywhere, the competition for my road space are on their way home with their kids in the car, the highways are packed and people are hungry and all I can do is laugh, because I sure can’t curse.

February 20, 2008 - Posted by | Adventure, Community, Cultural, ExPat Life, Kuwait, Lent, Living Conditions, Spiritual, Weather


  1. Its a lesson from God!! He’s trying to show you that you can just laugh it off 😉

    Comment by Chirp | February 20, 2008 | Reply

  2. You are so right, Chirp. He is full of mercy toward us sinners. Thanks be to God.

    Comment by intlxpatr | February 20, 2008 | Reply

  3. And your lesson is “Patience is a virtue” no matter how difficult it is to maintain. Enjoy your insights!

    Comment by momcat | February 20, 2008 | Reply

  4. No, no no! The lesson is that when I set a goal and think I have found an easy way to reach it, he reaches out and shakes things up a little so I find my resolve a true test!

    Comment by intlxpatr | February 20, 2008 | Reply

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