Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Voice & A Voice!

Recently, I discussed here on Life with Lynnie (LwL) how my television (TV) was sent back to the manufacturer to be repaired or replaced.  So far, I haven't got it back.

I also mentioned how happy I was that before the TV got sent away, I was able to watch the final episode of The Amazing Race and other programmes.

There were other programmes I wished I could have seen.  Like The Voice.

Loving music myself, I enjoy watching programmes like that one.  Without being able to watch the finale, due to having no television set to watch at home, I searched online to see who won.

Josh Kaufman was the winner, on The Voice!  Here is a link so you can see for yourself:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/tv/2014/05/20/nbc-the-voice-season-6-finale-winner/9355663/.

How grateful I am that I can search out information on the internet.  After all, when I was younger, we didn't have internet.  So, anything like this, wasn't possible!

I should let you know that on the day my daughter B assisted me in mailing off my TV set to the manufacturer, there was something else I had to do.

You may recall that I let you know how the anti-lock braking system (ABS) on my van had locked up for a second (2nd) time.  Both times, it was due to my van not being driven for more than three (3) months.  Of course, this was due to my ongoing health problems.

You also may recall how I had managed to get my van moving and was able to reset the ABS, later. 

However, getting my van out of my parking spot, and out of the parking garage, wasn't easy.  Just as I let you know, previously.

My spinning tires left marks on the painted floor of my parking spot.  In my heart, I believed I would have a problem with the person in charge of the parking garage.

And, I did.

On Tuesday, May 20th, the day after our Victoria Day long weekend here in Canada, the fellow in charge of the parking situation telephoned me.  He let me know they weren't happy about the mess my tires had made in my parking spot.

I was told I could not park my van anymore in my parking spot.  At least, not until I received in writing proof that my vehicle was fixed and would not again have the same problem.

During our conversation, I explained that this situation happened, due to my being unable to drive, due to my ill health.  I reminded him that once the ABS are reset, the problem has ended.  And, that is what I did, once I got my van outside the garage.

In a calm, cool voice I also asked him if he truly thought any mechanic could give written confirmation that this wouldn't ever happen again.  He refused to reply to that.  I'm sure, it was because he knew it wouldn't be possible to have any mechanic promise this.

Instead, he became rather upset, raising his voice and sounding demanding.  I was told that since I had problems in the past with my van leaking (you may have read about that last year, how my air-conditioning line blew and had to be replaced), they definitely would not allow me to park my van in the spot I pay for, monthly.

I was told I had to move it out, or they'd have it towed away.

So, I let him know I would move it out in the afternoon.  While I didn't let him know I had to go meet my daughter B, to mail off my TV, I knew I had to drive to do that, so that was when I decided I would move it.

Dealing with this situation wasn't easy.  During our conversation, that man raised his voice and was demanding, just as I mentioned earlier. 

It would have been simple for me to have done the same, in response.  But, I didn't.

It also would have been easy for me to have broken out in tears.  But, I didn't.

Instead, I took a deep breath.  And, I prayed for that fellow who had been rather nasty to me. 

I was grateful that God gave me the grace to deal with this problem.

Just as we read, in Matthew 12:18-19, "Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.
19 He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets."

As I said, I didn't cry during my telephone conversation.  But, I did, later.

How grateful I am that God gave me control over my emotions.  Especially, since most women become tearful when stressed, and/or angry (probably due to female hormones).

God provided for me, that afternoon.

After driving into the parking lot of the parkette across the street from my apartment building, I managed to obtain the one and only spot left there.  Yes, many cars park there, even though this is a city park, parking lot.

Many people in nearby buildings cannot obtain a second (2nd) parking spot, where they live.  If this is the case, most will try to park in this lot.

If there had not been a spot available, I would have had to drive quite a distance away from the area where my apartment is located.  And, would have had to walk about three (3) blocks distance, to get home.

This would not have been possible, in my current condition.  So, I must say, I am truly thankful to God.

It seems He makes a way where there isn't one, for me so very often.  Hallelujah!  For this, I thank You, and praise You, Lord!


Until next time...

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