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From: Forthright Magazine <forthright@...>
Date: Mon, 20 Mar 2006 14:38:28 -0600
Forthright Magazine
Straight to the Cross

COLUMN: Final Phase

My Second New Radiator
by J. Randal Matheny

In January I had to put a new radiator in my car.
Today I had to put another new radiator in my car.

The mechanic had already called the parts store
about the guarantee on the new radiator, thinking
it was defective, when he discovered the problem.

Somebody had backed into our car, broken the
grill, and driven the screws into the radiator,
which punctured it. They drove off and left us the

My wife and I were reminded of several lessons
from the second new radiator.

First, innocent people suffer in the world because
of others' mistakes. Our radiator suffering is
limited, but after losing 55% of our buying power
in the last two years, and having to replace worn-
out parts every month for six months on our 10-
year-old car with 225 thousand miles, it's not a
small thing to us.

So many people are maimed or killed by the
carelessness, recklessness, or meanness of others.
It happens all the time. Evil is real in this
world, in the lives of people, and leaves its mark
on those who have nothing to do with another's
wrong choices.

Second, we were reminded how God watches over his
own. I had noticed the loose grill last week, but
didn't think much about it. So we made major trips
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, after the radiator
bashing, all without mishap. When we pulled into
the garage Sunday night after our trip, we heard
the water gurgling.

How we went all those miles with a bad radiator,
without getting stranded on the dangerous
highways, I can only chalk up to God's care for

Third, we're thankful for an honest and reasonable
mechanic who does good work and gives us a certain
preference. I was able to get the car to his shop
this morning, and he stopped his other work to
attend to it. He knows we have only the one car
and use it daily for our work. For an auto-clutz
like me, he's a true blessing.

You've likely seen similar things in your own
life. And we all run back to Romans 8:28 as our
statement of praise to the Lord:

"And we know that all things work together for
good for those who love God, who are called
according to his purpose" (NET).

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