Some days are better than others when it comes to owning a 23 year old Jaguar. Over the last year, I have created a list of things that need to be looked at. A noise here. A squeak there. The antenna connection. You know how it goes. Most of the problems are little and require just a bit of patience and time. But even a patient man has his tipping point. That point came for me yesterday when the driver’s side door window stopped working. Do you know how hot it gets with the window rolled up and the sun shining through it? Very.
I started thinking that the worst was going to happen. Instead of asking God for help, I began thinking of worst case scenarios. No doubt, a computer module somewhere under the dash was going bad. No doubt that module also controlled the entire car and would subsequently lock me in the car, honk the horn, and post obnoxious messages on Facebook under my name. You know how that goes. It wasn’t anything as extreme as all that, but I was ready to drop-kick the car into Lake Erie and ride the bus to work the next morning. It’s amazing what the mind can think up when frustrating things happen.
At lunch today, I drove over to Little Caesar’s Pizza in Eastlake with three windows down and the moonroof open. The frustration continued. However, after eating half of a Jalapeno bread (with extra sauce), I began to think about the problem. What if it wasn’t a computer module? What if it was just a fuse? But would there be a single fuse for each door? Hmm… I pulled out the fuse panel cover and read the label. Sure enough, column B and fuse 2 was for the driver’s front door. I pulled the 15 AMP fuse and found it to be burned out.
This all reminds me of a Bible verse I learned as a child.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” —Philippians 4:6-7
As you can see, I don’t always follow that advice. But looking back, it would have saved me a whole lot of frustration. I’m sure the One who created me would have helped if I had followed his advice. Next time…