The next day he called and said there was no snowblower in my driveway. First we made sure he was indeed looking at my driveway. After making sure with my wife that she had not put the old snowblower back in the garage, we decided someone had procured our old snowblower for use without asking permission. I hesitate to call it stealing because frankly, I was glad to get rid of it.
Still my wife was concerned to text our neighbors about this incident. When she did our newest neighbors texted back that in a strange coincidence their snowblower repair guy, who was a different guy than my snowblower guy, had not come to pick their snowblower up for repairs as expected. After a few more texts, we discovered that our neighbors’ snowblower guy had indeed mistaken our driveway for theirs and had taken our snowblower in for repairs. The next day he bought my old snowblower back where it still sits today.
Our new neighbors, who are a great family, felt terrible. We were all laughing about it though because I mean really, you couldn’t tell that as a story unless it really happened. No one would believe you if you tried. It is all too coincidental, too fortunate in the end. The only thing that would have made it any better would be for my neighbor’s snowblower guy to have fixed my old snowblower, which reminds me, I need to check on that.
There are other times, more important times in our lives when what happens in the end is too fortunate to have anticipated. The cancer goes into remission or the other car misses our car by “that” much. Although we may not laugh at what happens, there is a sense of joy that fills every unanticipated moment that is too good to be true.
I think it is the same kind of joy that something is too good to be true that fills this time of year surrounding the approach of Christmas. As we hear the story of the birth of Jesus, although it is not without it’s unfortunate moments, in the end it’s all to good to be true: the angels, the shepherds, the new family huddled together. Not only does it turn out right for everyone there, it turns out right for all of us who are here to retell the story.
Christmas is a time to smile or even open your heart wide and laugh out loud. Only a God who loves and cares for all of this world, and all of us would do something like become one of us. You can’t make that kind of love up; you can only receive it.
Keep the Faith,