"Meltdown"
(Author Unknown - As seen at MountainWings)

1-30-2009 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #574
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Welcome
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Greetings my Dearest Sisters and Brothers, and welcome again to Church Within's Story of the Week ["SOW Seeds”].

This week's SOW Seeds Story, contributed by: Patije

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Story of the Week
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Meltdown
(Author Unknown - As seen at MountainWings)

Sitting in the barber's chair, the memory flooded back. I could almost smell the strong odor of it, yet for some reason, I am just getting the revelation.

I have a BMW RT1100 motorcycle. It is nine years old, but it only has slightly over 4,000 miles on it. It still looks and runs brand new. I just don't ride it very much now, but I've had motorcycles since I was 14.

When the BMW had less than 1,000 miles on it, I did a very stupid thing. It wasn't the first or the most recent very stupid thing that I've done, but it was a very stupid thing. I left it on high idle to warm up in the shed (I kept it in a shed at the time) while I went inside for something, then I forgot I left it idling.

Now that may not sound like a big deal, but it is a big deal for an air-cooled motorcycle like mine. Sitting still with no air moving around it on high idle is a formula for mechanical disaster.

When I finally remembered an hour later that I had left my motorcycle running and rushed back to it, it had shut down. It wouldn't crank and there was the awful smell of something burnt filling the shed.

I knew the engine had overheated and burned up who knows what. I felt it was really bad. By bad, read very expensive to fix. I had it towed to the dealership and, after a couple of weeks, I got the news. It was only minor damage. Some type of safety fuse had blown (or melted) and shut the engine down.

I went to pick up the BMW from the dealer and got on the expressway, headed home. I didn't drive the same. It was different. It was very different. It was a LOT BETTER! The engine seemed more powerful and quicker to respond. It didn't even seem like the same bike.

I called the dealer and talked to the mechanic. "Did you tune up my motorcycle or something?" I asked.

He explained to me that they hadn't done anything beyond replacing the melted fuse and that the excessive heat had simply broken the engine in.

It's been years since that event, and only now does the full revelation of it hit me, sitting here in the barber's chair.

We are often like that BMW RT1100. It takes some heat, some strain, even the melting and breaking of some things to "break us in" and get us ready to handle the road ahead.

After a traumatic event, for a truly well-engineered person, we are stronger, faster, and more responsive. In a word, we are "better" simply because of what we have been through and overcome.

Yes, it's scary, and yes it's often painful, but sometimes it is the required break-in for the long haul.

Had any good meltdowns lately?

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Pastor's Quote of the Week
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Is courage--strength of character--desirable? Then must man be reared in an environment which necessitates grappling with hardships and reacting to disappointments.
(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-3 Section-5)

The greatest affliction of the cosmos is never to have been afflicted. Mortals only learn wisdom by experiencing tribulation.
(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-48 Section-7)

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        Thank You for continually making me Stronger… in retrospect of course.

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal Parent,

The Creator's Eternal Love to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

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