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The Wrong Idea

by Cindy Guardado

I got the idea that the closer I got to God, the easier my life would be. My friend Christine smashed that idea.

“The train station is over there!” Dina1 yelled.
Without looking into my car mirrors or over my shoulder, I quickly swerved to the right.
Screech! Out of nowhere a car hit the right side of my car.
I couldn’t believe what had just happened. It seemed like a bad dream. “What do I do? What do I do?” I said to my sister, who was sitting in the back seat. I panicked for a few seconds before shifting my car from park into drive and pulling to the side of the street. As I started crying, I began asking God, Why did You allow something so horrible to happen to me?
Then I remembered a conversation I’d had earlier that day with my friend Christine, who was also in the car with my sister and me.
Christine had told me, “These past few weeks have been so stressful.”
“I know what you mean!” I responded, and I did, too!
“I’ve really been trying to put God ahead of everything I do.”
“Me too,” I told her, “but I don’t do it as much as I should. I just can’t seem to find the time to do it.”
“I know it’s hard, but since the beginning of this week I’ve been making time for God in the morning before I go to class.”
“Really? That’s awesome!” I congratulated my friend.
“You don’t understand the difference it’s made in just a few days, Cindy! I feel so much more relaxed—not quite so stressed. We just don’t understand how awesome God really is. He’s just waiting for us to come to Him. I know if l turned everything over to God, I’d be able to deal with life a lot better!”
“You’re so right. I just want to get on the right path with God,” I told Christine. Her testimony had really inspired me.
Still thinking about that conversation, I got out of my car. I walked over to the driver of the other car and asked him, “Are you OK?”
“Yeah, I’m all right. Is everyone in your car OK?”
“Good, I’m going to call an officer, so we can file a report.”
“OK,” I answered.
I walked over to Christine and asked her, “Christine, why would God let something like this happen?” Her answer surprised me.
“I honestly don’t think this is God’s fault, Cindy. I think that the closer we get to God, the more Satan wants to attack us in ways that make us doubt and question God.”
“I guess that makes sense.”
Christine went on, “Look at it this way, this accident could have been so much worse, but God protected us. Nobody got hurt, and both cars have only minor damage.”
“But what am I going to tell my parents? They’re going to be so disappointed in me,” I whined.
“They’re your parents. They’ll understand and just be happy that nothing happened to us.”
“I guess it wasn’t God’s fault,” I agreed. “I don’t know how I could have doubted or questioned Him.”
When the officer arrived, she looked at the damage done to both cars and asked, “Is everyone all right?”
We assured her that we were.
“Since everyone is fine and the accident was so minor, law enforcement doesn’t have to get involved. All you need to do is exchange insurance and contact information.”
Thank you, God! I thought.
The man and I exchanged information, the officer left, and we went our separate ways.
The ride back home was a quiet one. As I drove, I thought about how wrong I’d been to think that as long as I was trying to get closer to God, nothing bad would happen. Christine is right, I thought, the more we desire to draw closer to God, the harder Satan will attack us and try to make us doubt and question God. In this instance, I guess Satan used my poor driving skills against me!
At the scene of the accident Christine helped me see that I should look at the positive side of all situations, no matter how bad they seem. I know God sent me comfort and hope that day through Christine.
Deuteronomy 31:8 says: “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged” (NIV).2
1Names have been changed.
2Texts credited to NIV are from the Holy Bible, New International Version. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers.

Cindy Guardado writes from Texas. 

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