By Dr. James L. Snyder
Some people believe in karma, but I don’t. I do believe that everything you do does have consequences.
Recently, my truck was in the garage for about six weeks getting a new engine because the old engine had died. It was either get a new engine or a new truck. The engine was a lot cheaper.
While my truck was in the shop, I used the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage’s van. Believe me when I say it was a challenge to drive that little van.
I had no choice. Either borrow my wife’s van or walk.
Then the day came when my truck was finished and ready to pick up. Oh boy, was I excited?
My wife drove me to the shop, and I was able to pick up my good old truck. Driving home was a very wonderful experience that I long shall cherish.
I did make one little blunder. I talked to someone about my experience driving my wife’s van, and not knowing she was within earshot, I described her van as a “Sissy Van.” I explained that that van was only for sissies.
“Did you just refer to my van,” my wife said to me rather sternly with both hands on her hips, “as a sissy van?”
I never challenge what my wife hears; only explain by saying, “That’s not exactly what I meant.”
“All right,” she said very seriously, “just remember that what you do always comes back on you.”
I smiled and shrugged the comment off. I simply don’t believe in karma.
Almost four weeks to the day, things began to happen.
I was driving my truck and on a Friday I drove to church to do some work at the office. Everything seemed to be going fine.
When done, I went to my truck to go home. I turned the key, and the engine did not start. It was at 4:15 in the afternoon, and the repair shop where I take my truck closes at 2 o’clock on Friday afternoons. So I was stuck until Monday.
The hardest thing I had to do was call the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and tell her I was stuck, the truck wouldn’t start, and could you come and pick me up?
That Sunday, as I was setting up the sound system to record the Sunday service, I could not get it working. None of the microphones worked, and there wasn’t anything I could do to change it.
That was Sunday. Then Monday came tiptoeing along, and somebody had hacked into my email, and I could not open up my email. I worked very hard to get it open and set a new password, but nothing worked. So finally, the email service locked me out for 24 hours because I had done it too many times.
It took several days to unlock my account, so I could use my email.
I still don’t believe in karma, but sometimes things come back on you because of some of your actions.
I read in the Scriptures that evening, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” (Galatians 6:7).
I need to learn how to be careful in what I sow because that is exactly what I will reap.
Dr. James L. Snyder is pastor of the Family of God Fellowship, Ocala, FL 34472, where he lives with his wife. Call him at 352-216-3025 or e-mail email@example.com. The church web site is www.whatafellowship.com.