Go Along to Get Along

One year, my mom decided it would be nice to celebrate Dad’s birthday by making the three-hour drive to Niagara Falls. We would enjoy the view and even have a picnic lunch in a park. No body really disagreed. It sounded pleasant, until you took into account that Dad’s birthday was in May, in Ontario.

So, we planned, prepared and plotted timing and so on. We were to meet at their house and drive down together, one car following the other.

And then came the day, foggy, freezing, raining awful but no -one said let’s stay home. I remember someone said, ‘Well, we already made the food.” No-one said “Hey we could eat that food here at home in a nice warm kitchen.” Nope. We traipsed off to Niagara Falls. Most of the drive was brutal and through fog. Yet, we rolled on toward our fate. 

Surprise! We couldn’t even see the Falls because they were fogged in! We ate in a park with water dripping down our necks, children crying from the cold and adults rather cranky. The topper was this. Dad announced “I never even wanted to come to Niagara Falls for my birthday!

How often do you do things like this? Common sense says speak up because the idea is ridiculous. And yet…

Just say a simple, ‘Yes, I will,’ or ‘No, I won’t.’ Anything beyond this is from the evil one. (Matthew 5:37, NLT)

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