All Good Gifts

I was waiting to get my flat tire fixed. I was sipping coffee, listening for the service van, and occasionally peeking out the window, while I did some work.

I don’t fix my own flat tires anymore. I used to, when I was younger, and tires were easier to change. I’ve changed tires in the rain, along an Interstate Highway, a city curb, and once after a wedding. The last flat tire I tried to fix myself occurred just as I was entering a Pennsylvania Turnpike Tunnel. When I couldn’t budge the lug nuts, I paid a garage to change it for me. Ever since then, I’ve paid the auto club to change my flat tires.

Good thing I did. Turned out my tire wasn’t the easiest fix. The spare wouldn’t release. The cable dropped, and the tire stayed stuck to the bottom of the car. After a few tricks of the trade, and a couple anxious moments, it dropped. Had it not, I would’ve had to wait for a tow truck.

“You were lucky,” the mobile mechanic said.

I thought about that a moment, then the spirit nudged.

“God was with us today,” I said.

I’m not sure how the mechanic took that. To be honest, his showing up was a moment of God with me. I’m not real good at cracking lug nuts, or plugging tires. I'm not the kind of person who could spend an afternoon going to dealerships to figure out why spare tires stick to automobile frames, but he is, and because that’s the way God formed his life, I was spared the dangerous task of laying in the gutter wrestling with a tire.

Somewhere along the line, the followers of Christ arrived at the thought that all good work is God’s work, and because it is God’s work, God calls all of us to the work we do.

The Apostle Paul wrote that thought this way: God has graciously given us all a gift: If our gift is to speak God's message, we should do it with the faith we have; if it is to serve, we should serve; if it is to teach, we should teach; if it is to encourage others, we should do so. Whoever shares with others should do it generously; whoever has authority should work hard; whoever shows kindness to others should do it cheerfully… (Romans 12:6-8)

Not every good work is fairly compensated, nor is it always most pleasant task, but when it is done with all our heart, working with the Lord, it is a labor of the love that leaves us all one blessing better.