Anytime you move it requires a list of new hurdles you have to jump through. We are still adjusting to our new surroundings. Because we will probably be purchasing two new-to-us cars within the next year, and we just renewed our FL tags on our SUV, I had no intention of changing our plates to OH plates until we traded it in. On Friday I received a letter in the mail stating that if we didn’t get FL car insurance or return our license plates in 10 days Dan would lose his drivers license and get a $150 fine. I guess the BMV doesn’t like it if your insurance is in one state and your tags are in another. This lesson has been learned in this family.
On Saturday morning Dan and I headed for the OH BMV to get all of this straightened out. It was a pretty smooth process, but that isn’t always the case. When we finally got the plates we realized that we need to put one on in the front in OH. Dan, who was overly tired from the work week before, was getting a little stressed as he was trying to shove the screws into the front bumper. The back of the screwdriver wasn’t meant to perform this task. Once he got them in the premade holes he realized the holes didn’t line up with the plate. It started to rain. While I knew he had every right to be frustrated and get annoyed at everyone and everything, we both started to laugh. It was another speed bump in the road, but he handled it like a champ. Eventually both OH plates were on the SUV and our FL plates were headed by mail back to FL.
We hadn’t planned on doing all of this now, but sometimes life throws a curve ball. You have to learn to roll with what happens and not sweat the small stuff. Sure the moment the rain started we both could have sat there and started to lose our cool, but instead we choose to laugh. Shake off the dust from your world and learn that no matter what comes at you not to let it get you down. Just keep going.
Philippians 3:13-15 (ESV)
Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you.
Whatever comes at you, don’t let it steal your joy. The Joy of the Lord is your strength (Neh 8:10) Sometimes you have to learn to just laugh in the rain.
Remember God has awesome plans for your life. Get excited!