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Topic: Rain (09/07/04)

TITLE: Around the Curve
By Charles Lee


It started with a slight drizzle as I left the house. Decked out with my coolest clothes on, my best cologne, and enough hairspray on my hair to withstand hurricane force wind, I was set to go pick up my bride to be. Being the thoughtful person that I am, I brought a towel to spread out on the seat so she wouldn’t get her clothes wet when she got in the truck. Seems like at least one time I would remember to roll that window up before it started raining. Being young and in love, she would probably sit snuggled up against me anyway and help me with the stick shift, seatbelts not being a priority at this stage of our lives. I was set to go with money in my pocket and gas in the tank. Nothing could hinder me from my goal. A little rain couldn’t make a dent in my desire to see my gal.
Wow! That wind is really picking up. It’s not often you see trees bent over horizontally. That’s all right with me though because I know what is at the end of the drive. The rain began to pelt mercilessly against the windshield. Hail started ricocheting off the hood. My wipers were working overtime and still I couldn’t see through the pouring rain. Sweat beads began to form on my forehead. This is getting really bad. Knowing of a pullover just up the road, my mind was set to parking and waiting until the storm passed over or died down below the dangerous level. Slowing down to a slug’s crawl, I began to pray. “Lord just let me get to the pullover.” It’s amazing how much God means to a person when they are in trouble. Any other time, religious thoughts were the farthest thing from my mind. Now I was trying to remember bible verses I had learned as a child. Other thoughts filled my mind as I neared the pullover and saw that it was packed full of vehicles waiting out the storm. The only thing to do was keep going. I rounded the curve and it was as if the rain switch had been flipped to off. The rain had completely stopped. I laughed as I sped down the virtually empty highway. All the people that had pulled over were still wondering when the storm would end. If they had just rounded the curve they would have known what I had found out. Should I go back and tell them? Naahh! Let them sit. I am on my way to see my true blue.
It was years later and a changed heart until I was able to see the spiritual lesson that I had experienced. Life is filled with storms. Rich, poor, young, old, red, yellow, male, or female. It doesn’t matter. We all face them. How we handle those trials can effect our lives for years to come. Take a lesson from a love struck young boy in a fearful rainstorm. Keep on going. It may just be that around the curve the sun is shining.

Member Comments
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Teresa Lee Rainey09/13/04
You had me smiling all the way through this. It might have been easier to read with a space between paragraphs, but it was fun. Love wasn't just blind for you, it was crazy. Good thing there was a lesson to be learned.
God Bless,
Linda Germain 09/14/04
Wonderful lesson! That was terrific insight for such a young fellow. I guess you needed that teaching as you rounded more curves to become a Pastor. Good story. :0)
darlene hight09/15/04
Just around the corner- If we could keep that in mind when we come up against trials- This was a good read!