Years ago, when I lived in Port Arthur, a CPA a friend of mine asked me to come over and help him work on his outboard motor.  He assumed I knew something about outboard motors.  He had a problem with the gears in the lower unit.  As we were dismantling the gear box he said he was really glad I knew something about motors.  I told him the same thing.  Duh!!!  Neither of us was an outboard motor mechanic.  We got everything put back together and it looked just like it did before we started.  We never could get the motor started, but while working we got the great idea of going to his fishing camp on the Sabine River near Orange, Texas.  The motor we were working on was a small motor.  He also had a larger motor that was already mounted on his boat.  So, we headed for the fish camp.

We arrived late afternoon with groceries and fishing supplies.  We were going to string some trotlines in the river before dark.  As luck would have it, this motor wouldn’t start either.  But, we now had experience with working on outboard motors….not fixing them, just working on them.  Well, back to the mechanic abilities.  We did get the motor started, and strung and baited our trotlines.  We checked them a few times that night and caught a few catfish.

We checked the trotlines the next day and brought in more fish.  After we loaded the boat on the trailer, we noticed a couple of Cajun men with a homemade hydroplane boat.  They had put their boat in the water and were sitting in the truck bed having a couple of JAX.  This was a small boat and would only hold one person.  One of the men wasn’t interested in riding in this homemade boat anyway.  So, the brave one started the engine and eased away from the shore for a little spin.  He had more motor than he had boat, but it did float and was pretty fast.  He returned to the shore and the two Cajuns had another JAX.  Then the brave one begged his partner to take a spin with him.  There was only one seat, so the second passenger would have to sit on the front deck.  After much begging and a couple more JAX, the fearful one decided to take a spin if the brave one would go real, real slow…so he agreed. 

They loaded up and moved slowly away from the shore…everything was fine.  After going about thirty feet, the driver gave it full throttle.  The torque turned the boat one way and both Cajuns turned the opposite way.  After they hit the water, the boat flipped and began to sink.  As the boat disappeared, the only thing floating was the gas tank, but soon the weight of the boat and motor pulled in under also.  The river was really deep where the boat sunk.  Both men swam to the shore, walked to the pickup, and opened a couple more JAX while they discussed the situation.  One of them commented on what bad luck they had just experienced.  The other said it could have been worse.  When questioned how it could have been worse, he reminded Cajun #1 that the motor could have been theirs rather than borrowed.

Well , after listening to that conversation, we decided it was time to start for home.

It is not real comforting when you are in a dire situation and you tell yourself  “it could have been worse.”  It is also no help to think it could have been better.  This is a lot like when my “hand” doctor told me I had what I had and it would get no better.  He said surgery was up to me but he could tell me what would happen.  If I didn’t have surgery, my thumb would get more painful as the years pass and I would call him and ask him to do the repair.  When you are in one of these dire situations, it’s time to take action.  I believe it’s better to give thanks to God that things are not any worse.  It is time to pray and address the situation you are in rather than imagine it could have been better or worse.  It is time to ask God to help you out of the place you are in rather than the place you might be.  God knows where you are and He knows how to lift you up.  Now, that is comfort.



One Response to ““IT COULD HAVE BEEN WORSE!””

  1. weighty Says:

    gonna send this to my mom

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