Right. So, on friday night/saturday morning my car got stolen, and the police found it blah blah blah …
I’ve just been to collect it, and it was one of THOSE experiences. Firstly, I just couldn’t get a lift, and was getting all scared that it’d have to stay overnight and cost me even more (note: my insurance ran out last week while I was away). The lovely Canadian Derek volunteered to take me, and on the way back (yes, it still works fine; it’s just that the lock and the ignition are pretty screwed. And they took my cuddly toys), he managed to go into the towbar of the truck in front of him – DOUBLE TROUBLE!!
Not really a happy story, is it? And of course, what I’m supposed to do is get annoyed/angry/morose/embittered/twisted etc. and take a vow of poverty to make up for not doing my insurance. But I’m not going to – screw The Man and his demonic subserviants!
[this is the point at which I am contemplating ‘righteous swearing’ – making v-signs at satan etc.]
So yeah, if it’s all good with them, I’m hoping to take Derek and his fabulous wife out for dinner, spend money on them and on myself, have a WONDERFUL evening, feasting and laughing and living like we were made to. As it says here …
Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away.
Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.
Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.
Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil. For evil men will be cut off, but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land. A little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look for them, they will not be found. But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy great peace.
The wicked plot against the righteous and gnash their teeth at them; but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he knows their day is coming.
The wicked draw the sword and bend the bow to bring down the poor and needy, to slay those whose ways are upright. But their swords will pierce their own hearts, and their bows will be broken.
Better the little that the righteous have than the wealth of many wicked; for the power of the wicked will be broken, but the LORD upholds the righteous. The days of the blameless are known to the LORD, and their inheritance will endure forever. In times of disaster they will not wither; in days of famine they will enjoy plenty. But the wicked will perish: The LORD’s enemies will be like the beauty of the fields, they will vanish—vanish like smoke.
The wicked borrow and do not repay, but the righteous give generously; those the LORD blesses will inherit the land, but those he curses will be cut off.
If the LORD delights in a man’s way, he makes his steps firm; though he stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand.
I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread. They are always generous and lend freely; their children will be blessed.
Turn from evil and do good; then you will dwell in the land forever.