My, what a nightmare of a travel south. I set out with six of my children to Albuquerque for a speech and debate tournament only to break down in Trinidad. Let me tell you the story, but share with you the joy of the adventure.
We were making good time when we pulled into a gas station in Trinidad. We didn’t need to fill up, just switch drivers and buy some sunflower seeds. When we returned to the car, it would not fire up.
Short of it: our fuel pump went out. Wouldn’t be fixed till the next day. Quite a few bennies sunk to get it fixed plus rent a car to get to the tournament.
Seems pretty gloomy, doesn’t it? Despite the bad news, we had a great time. The sequence of events were actually filled with little blessings. Let me count the ways:
- The car broke down just three miles from the mechanic.
- The tow truck owner was born and raised in Trinidad and was extremely jovial, a contagious good attitude.
- “Could be worse!” he insisted. “It was a blizzard just a few days ago.”
- The normal $100 tow was chopped 40% because I was towed to the garage he worked for, some sort of special deal they had.
- The shop dropped everything to try to get me back on the road. The unfortunate news was that the fuel pump wouldn’t be in till morning.
- A car rental place was across the street, the owner had just left for home—an hour away.
- The mechanics called his cell and I talked with him. Another jovial guy who insisted on turning around and getting me a rental.
- The kids and I shot pool while we waited. The mechanics’ radio of choice was JOY-FM, one of our favorites, too.
- The rental guy showed up and got us a Suburban. He dropped the 4th day rental to save us 25%.
- He also had a ton of big game mounts on his wall. We instantly struck up a conversation.
- We were back on the road. We arrived at our host housing at 11 p.m.
- Our hosts about as gracious as we have ever had: grandparents of some Albuquerque competitors. They stocked a refrigerator with food for us.
- The tournament was awesome. The big Jeub victory of the weekend: Noah and Tabitha, my youngest competitors, came out with a 6-0 prelim record, the top of 28 teams.
The long of it doesn’t sound nearly as bad as the short of it, don’t you think?
Thank you for your prayers, Facebook Friends, and your encouragement. Another speech and debate parent from Washington posted this quote that greatly encouraged me:
“An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.” G.K. Chesterton
That was definitely the case on Wednesday. Every turn of the day was met with good cheer and blessing. What a wonderful adventure our trip to Albuquerque turned out to be.
Question: Have you had misfortune hit you, only to have the misfortune turn into blessing?