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June 27, 2014

PASTOR POPHIN: Joy in all circumstances

By TOMMY POPHIN

I did something different this year on Father’s Day. For the first time since I started serving the people of Beulah Baptist Church, I took a Sunday off so I could go see my father in Waco.

The day rolled out like this: I preached a chapel service at Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway. My family then left to travel to my parents’ home.

As I was driving just north of Granbury on State Highway 51, two cars had stopped to turn left. So I did what I had done so many times before and will never do again. I passed the cars on the right. The shoulder was crumbled and I hit a hard edge, which blew out my tire. Through a series of events, that landed me at Wal-Mart in Granbury.

I had some encounters with people who were not Christians and taught me a lesson. There was a man in line in front of me by the name of Roger. He had also blown a tire. He asked what had happened to my tire, and when I told him, he was immediately empathetic. He said to me, “I believe that when something bad happens, lots of good things will follow.”

I was feeling impatient, but he was at peace. I observed the service man. To me, he looked like he was going at a snail’s pace. Roger pointed to him and said, “He’s a good man; he’ll be with you quickly and will take care of things.” These comments that Roger made struck me funny because of his empathy, patience and optimism.

The service man did exactly what Roger said. As far as the circumstances, though, they weren’t getting any better for me. I bent the rim on the wheel and the donut that had been put on, for the first time in a decade, blew up, leaving us stranded. I got on my cell phone and called my father to ask him to come get us. As I was on the phone, Roger said to me, “I’m going to San Antonio and I have plenty of room, may I take you and your family to Waco?” I was so humbled. He loaded us up and we shared a great time together as he carried us to my parent’s house.

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