Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 1:3

"Que la grace et la paix du Seigneur... " the benediction melody still played in my mind. I sang this song of grace and peace, of God's light in our lives all the way to the Prefecture. My simple goal - to license our car. This being my FOURTH visit I was overconfident as I passed all of the precious documents I'd collected in the past weeks. The lady looked at me over her glasses and asked, "Is this ALL that you have? You're missing..." Heat rose up my neck and my entire head was absorbed in frustrated anger. How could this be? When they canceled my registration in Germany they didn't give me any special paper. They just stamped my title, that's all. And why would I have to visit the French department of tax collection for a vehicle I purchased in Germany while living in Germany?! I was so furious.

As I drove home to look up the address for the French department of taxes, the melody still played "Que la grace et la paix du Seigneur" The song sounded in my mind as a gentle reminder. But I couldn't choke out the words. Sitting at a stop light I closed my eyes and imagined myself back in front of the ice cold lady behind the glass. And then I raised one hand toward the windshield and voiced the blessing to her out loud. Slowly, I started singing the song anew.

Walking to the French department of tax collection I had some time to pray. God, I could never live this life without you. I asked him to forgive me for getting so angry, and recognized again my utter dependence on Him. I'm re-reading Ken Sande's book The Peacemaker right now, poignantly timed.

Of course, there were no taxes to pay for the used car I purchased two years ago while living in Germany. And I didn't have to pay anything for the simple slip of paper they gave me. Though didn't Einstein prove that TIME is MONEY?

May the grace and peace of the Lord be upon you, upon your hearts. And may His light shine on your lives in the name of Jesus Christ!