I have driven the same car for over nine years, and have grown quite attached to him. (And yes, my car is male.) His name is the Brave Little Toaster, or the BLT for short. My Uncle Jerry gave him too me soon after I turned sixteen, and Daddy and I spent years and years working on him to help him run well.
Why the name “the Brave Little Toaster”? I borrowed the name from a movie I was always putting away in the children’s section at the library that I didn’t see until I was well into my twenties. (The Brave Little Toaster is kind of a creepy movie for a kid’s cartoon, isn’t it?) He lived in a field for three years before I got him, so he really shouldn’t have ran when I got him. But, he did. And he has a very good heater. He has a 4-60 air conditioner, which Daddy says is “four windows down, sixty miles an hour”.
This little car drove me back and forth to college for four years, drove me to my wedding, my honeymoon, my first job interview, my first full time job, and to countless other milestones. And I own him outright. I’ve been teased about my Flinstone’s style car, but he doesn’t have holes in his floor-boards. Just holes in his doors.
He has many other quirks that are too numerous to mention here, but let’s just say that he’s a grumpy old man and doesn’t always do as he’s told. (He was made in February 1989, and I was born in January of that year, so I’m only a month older than him. But, in dog years, he’s 113 years old.) Unfortunately, we’ve gotten to the point where it’s not worth fixing all of his ailments, because according to the government, he’s only worth about $200. He also has some issues that we can’t fix, like rust on his frame. (If you don’t speak car, that translates to a death sentence. It means that if you get into a wreck or go over a really big bump, his under carriage could snap. Which is really, really bad.)
There have been a lot of things that I’ve just lived with for years, and one of those has really vexed me. About seven years ago, his driver side sun visor (that magical piece that keeps the sun out of your eyes when it’s at the horrible angle that blinds you) snapped in half, and for those seven years, I’ve been talking about getting a “new” one for him (from the junk yard). And I’ve never done it. And I’ve gotten really, really good at holding my hand up to block the sun and driving one handed. I’ve driven facing the sun and had to pull over because I couldn’t see. And I’ve just lived with that.
This past week, we had an issue with a belt. (You could see that ground through it. Again, if you don’t speak car, that’s a really bad thing.) So, we took it to a nice little shop close to our house to get it looked at, and to make sure that there was nothing else major wrong with him. When we pulled up, I noticed a Corolla wagon that looked like it was about the same year sitting in some weeds on the side of the parking lot, and was very happy that the BLT would have a buddy when we left him.
We came back the next day to pick him up, and after about $100 of repairs, he was deemed good to drive until winter. The nice man who fixed the car told Husband-Man that if we needed anything off the Corolla wagon that we could have them for free, because it wasn’t in running order. So, Husband-Man brilliantly asked if we could have the sun visor off the other car, and when I found out what was happening, I squealed and jumped up and down. I’m not joking. My stressed-out sick self was so excited for this little piece to be added to my car.
And then I started thinking. I really should have gotten a sun visor as soon as it broke. I would have taken about twenty minutes and twenty dollars to drive to the junk yard, pull one off another car, and install it in the BLT. And I never did it. And I spent seven years dealing with an inconvenience that someones turned into a danger that I didn’t have to deal with. I was complacent. I was lazy.
How many times have I done this is my walk with God? How many times have I just lived with something that wasn’t working well that would have taken minutes to deal with?
And how are we supposed to deal with our complacency? Daniel 9:13-19 is a pretty good start.
13 As it is written in the Law of Moses, all this calamity has come upon us; yet we have not entreated the favor of the Lord our God, turning from our iniquities and gaining insight by your truth. 14 Therefore the Lord has kept ready the calamity and has brought it upon us, for the Lord our God is righteous in all the works that he has done, and we have not obeyed his voice. 15 And now, O Lord our God, who brought your people out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and have made a name for yourself, as at this day, we have sinned, we have done wickedly.
16 “O Lord, according to all your righteous acts, let your anger and your wrath turn away from your city Jerusalem, your holy hill, because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and your people have become a byword among all who are around us. 17 Now therefore, O our God, listen to the prayer of your servant and to his pleas for mercy, and for your own sake, O Lord, make your face to shine upon your sanctuary, which is desolate. 18 O my God, incline your ear and hear. Open your eyes and see our desolations, and the city that is called by your name. For we do not present our pleas before you because of our righteousness, but because of your great mercy. 19 O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive. O Lord, pay attention and act. Delay not, for your own sake, O my God, because your city and your people are called by your name.”
Today, let’s take a look at what we’re putting up with that we don’t have to. What are you putting off dealing with?