God’s Bigger Picture

Posted: January 25, 2017 in Church, Discipleship, Pastoral Ministry

Have you ever heard of an accidental car theft? That means that you missed this news story from Portland, Oregon. In late October, Erin Hatzi reported to police that her red Subaru Impreza had  been stolen from her driveway. She and her husband knew that it had been stolen because their surveillance camera had recorded the entire heist. The footage showed that a woman calmly entered the car and drove away. The operational word is “calmly,” because the woman sat in the car for a couple of minutes — hardly the normal actions of a car thief.car1

The Hatzis filed a police report, but it did not take long before they got some answers. Erin’s husband was taking out the garbage the next afternoon when a Portland police officer had a woman stopped right outside the Hanzi’s home. The woman had just gotten out of Erin’s red Subaru. She offered up this explanation: The night before, “she had been sent to the neighborhood to pick up her friend’s car and accidentally took Hanzi’s vehicle instead.” The friend did not see the car until the next morning, and upon realizing the mixup, left a note and gas money inside the car and sent it back to its rightful owner.

So what happened? According to the police, “Older Subaru keys are interchangeable and can occasionally be used to open different cars.”

I hope this bizarre happily-ever-after news story reminds you that while we might jump to immediate conclusions about situations, God has a bigger picture in mind — a picture in which the car might be returned in the end. 

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