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If you awaken in the middle of a rainy night, look out the window, and see your neighbor out in the rain washing a car, don’t jump to conclusions. There could be a logical explanation, or semi-logical at least. Since I haven’t been able to go back to sleep, and I haven’t had time to write anything lately, I thought that I might as well try to explain how such a thing could happen.

I don’t sleep very well and often wake up briefly during the night. My awakening on this Sunday night should only have been for a minute or two, but it was raining pretty hard. I was suddenly reminded that I had left my car windows partially down when shuffling our vehicles around late in the evening. Throwing on a hat and trying not to disturb my wife or sons, I rushed outside. The moment I closed the door behind me, I realized I had just locked myself out of the house.

I was fully awake then. As I rolled up the windows, I decided that I didn’t want to beat on the house to get someone up, and possibly wake the neighbors also. I thought I would rather spend the night in our mini-van. My oldest son was supposed to be at church early for music practice with the praise band, and I prayed no one would miss me and start worrying before he let me back in. Here’s where it gets bad. I went to check his car windows and apparently a neighborhood cat had thrown up on the roof. It wasn’t raining hard enough to wash it away.

So that’s why I was washing a car in the dark, and in the rain, at a little after 4:00 A.M. this morning. Hopefully the neighbors didn’t see me. Some of them have to work different shifts such as I do, but I was actually outside only around 20 minutes or so. Maybe I wasn’t observed. I ended up waking all my family anyway, but at least they got a laugh out of it. My younger son had heard me go outside, and when I didn’t come back, he opened the door to ask if I was alright. Well, it might not look like it, but I’m okay. Jesus is Lord, regardless of the way this day on the earth begins or ends.

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