Sunday, January 9, 2011

Mea Culpa

You know how you sometimes do something you shouldn't and then, soon after, something bad happens and you are sure it's your fault for having been so evil?

Well. I have a tale to tell.

It's a good thing Greg has seen On the Way Home so many hundreds of times because today while we were. . . On our Way Home from church we got a flat. Greg was able to change it in his suit and dress coat, (his stylish scarf blowing in the breeze) on the side of a very busy freeway between Katowice and Krakow. I'm sure this is because of his having seen that girl (the one who says "Maybe she's WRONG!!") change that flat tire so many times. However, we did not have great 90's music playing in the background while he did it. I guess that is not built into the process.

So I know why Greg was able to change the flat so quickly and efficiently but I wish I didn't know why we got the flat in the first place.

I was not aware that I had committed a sin until last night. As a matter of fact, even then, I thought it was just funny.

At the hotel, just after turning off my light, I hit "random scripture" on my scripture app. As is often the case when I read by this method, the scripture was incredibly relevant to my current situation.

It was Proverbs 13:24 "He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes." That is a good one, but it was the one right after, and the last one in the chapter that hit home:

"The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul: but the belly of the wicked shall want."

With my stomach growling from want of carbohydrates I laughed out loud and read it to Greg. I decided to repent and quit my diet the next morning.

But then we went to breakfast and I skipped the DELICIOUS crusty rolls that I usually eat two of with 4 or 6 helpings of butter and had cottage cheese and a slice of ham instead.

Sinner am I. Which, of course, is why we got a flat tire.

We were safe and everything. I mean, if it had happened a half an hour later it would have been dark and very difficult to change. If it had happened last week it would have been below freezing and snowy. It could have been much worse. No thanks to me, though. It wouldn't have happened at all if I had satisfied my soul with those peanut butter brownies last week, making me righteous again.

At least Greg's righteousness (i.e. having church videos memorized) saved the day! Thank goodness we really do balance each other out with our strengths and weaknesses in marriage and make up for what our spouse lacks. (Although, come to think of it, I wouldn't be on this diet if it wasn't for him, since he succeeded at it and set the example, wicked man.)

I think I will print out that scripture and post it on the fridge.


Barbaloot said...

I must be very righteous cuz my belly is never in want:)

Melissa said...

I used to have that movie memorized, but the only thing it ever helped me with was flipping my hair. (Actually, I really love that movie, except that I think the girl who changes the tire and says "Maybe she's WRONG" is too bouncy).

Kazzy said...

I am a wicked wicked girl. :(

Ps glad you were safe.

Erin said...

Are you now repenting in retrospect by eating something sinfully delicious?

Sandra said...

Oh you absolutely got a flat tire because you indulged in carbs. It's a known fact that there's a correlation between car troubles and food.

Carolyn V. said...

I just finished off two piece of french toast with real maple syrup, so I'm good. Right? =)

Glad your tire didn't get flat when it was so cold last week or too dark. That would have been awful!

Kimberly said...

Bwahahah! You are hilarious, my friend, HILARIOUS!

Emily said...

Aww good idea! Haha. I think I need to do that too. This "eating less sugar" thing is a total failure.

Lindsay said...

haha, love it!

Funny though, I read that scripture completely differently! I read it as, a righteous person eats just until he is satisfied, a wicked person's stomach wants because he overeats, stretches his stomach, always wants more food. Haha! So weird how a scripture can be interpreted two completely different ways!!

Sorry about the flat- glad you were all safe!

Melanie Jacobson said...

I wish my life had a soundtrack playing in the background at all times. Then if I ever had a moment of confusion, I could just listen to the music and know how I should feel. It would be very helpful.

Anonymous said...

You are too funny. I love it.

Heather of the EO said...

whoops. that was me, Heather. I forgot to type stuff in...

L.T. Elliot said...

Your fortitude is nothing short of amazing. I would have totally caved to the breakfast roll. ;)