Today – Sunday – after church, after lunch with a church friend and after sending her home, I headed for the nearby shopping centre with two objectives: I wanted my spectacles adjusted for blogging comfortably, and I wanted to get a birthday present for my maid.
The covered carpark was congested and I waited in the queue as we waited for the parked cars to leave so that we could take their place. The driver in front moved forward and I moved slowly expecting him to move much more forward as a car upfront was moving out of a lot. However, he stopped suddenly. In an attempt not to hit the front car I steered to the right, forgetting that there could be a car overtaking on my right in the carpark.
B-a-n-g! It was good I moved slowly but not slowly enough not to hit his car, just behind the left front wheel. Then we both automatically reversed. Thank God! or else the damage could have been worse.
I parked my car at the side and the other driver, a young guy from Hong Kong came to meet me as I disembarked from my car. He was non-plussed that I could move into his path, as I was, and I said I was very sorry it happened, I failed to look into my side mirror to see him coming. We exchanged particulars and he asked if I wanted to claim from insurance. I said no, it will cause too much trouble in reporting to insurance company etc. I asked him to obtain a quotation and let me pay for the cost of the damage for not only would there be repair cost, I knew how much he would be inconvenienced. He took a photograph of the damage with his handphone and I wanted to take one too, but my handphone battery was flat just at the right time to my disappointment! I will have to leave it to the Lord.
On the way back, the enemy put all kinds of doubts in my mind – you should not have said sorry, you should claim from insurance, what if he overcharges you on the repairs and so on. I had prayed and committed the matter to the Lord that there will be no cheating as I admitted an honest mistake and was willing to pay for the consequence with no hassle.
When I returned home and accessed my email there was an email message from my ex Sunday School student- an update of his Facebook entry read :
“Which way do we swing? Winner Versus Loser
1. A winner says, “Let’s find out”; a loser says, “Nobody knows.”
2. When a winner makes a mistake, he says, “I was wrong.” When a loser makes a mistake, he says, “It wasn’t my fault.”
3. A winner goes through a problem; a loser goes around it, and never gets past it.
4. A winner makes commitments; a loser makes promises.
5. A winner says, “I’m good, but not as good as I ought to be.” A loser says, “I’m not as bad as a lot of other people are.”
6. A winner tries to learn from those who are superior to him. A loser tries to tear down those who are superior to him.
7. A winner says, “There ought to be a better way to do it.” A loser says, “That’s the way it’s always been done here.”Tan, Paul Lee: Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations”
Praise the Lord! It was confirmation that I made the right choice. I know the young man was impressed as he asked if I was a Christian. Yes, I said and he wished me a blessed Sunday (and the enemy said – What kind of a Sunday are you having – blessed?)
Well, I will have to face the consequence and I have committed it to the Lord. Praise the Lord it was a warning to be more careful at the most dangerous of places – the carparks! Thankful for His grace and mercy , that no one was injured and I really did not suffer from shock, as it was really not a bloody, bad accident. Thank you Lord!