My neighbor and a friend graciously volunteered to change the oil in my car. When finished, they left it at the back of my house. I meant to put the car back in the garage but got busy. Soon it was dark outside and I still hadn't moved the car. I live out in the boonies. There are no street lights so I'm talkin' dark here.
You know writers' imaginations. As I walked to the car, I was sure there was a stalker hiding behind the tree (he would have had to be VERY skinny since our trees are only about six inches in diameter).
I cautiously went up to the car and opened the door. The lights didn't come on. I heard something inside my car. Could it be a panther (there have been panther sightings in our area). A vicious lion? Maybe a rabid coyote?
I screamed. And screamed. And screamed. All this time the intruder raced back and forth inside the car. I'm not sure which of us was more frightened. Finally it decided to give both of us some relief from the situation and jumped out and ran away.
I strained in the darkness so see what it was. No panther. No lion. No coyote. Just a very scared little dog. I don't think I will have to worry about him coming around here again. The memory of a woman screaming like a maniac will probably make him shudder whenever he comes within a hundred feet of the house!
The takeaway from this story?
Things are not always as bad as they seem. Sometimes we can create "monsters" that aren't really there. We used to call it "making a mountain out of a mole hill." Ask God to help you see your situation as it really is, not as your imagination has made it.
Are you seeing your situation as it REALLY is? Think about it.
Seeing "monsters" in the dark, Gloria