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You Will Have Trouble

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.  John 16:33 NIV

I hit a deer. I never saw it coming.

I would like to say that a deer hit my car. I never gave my car a thought. I only cried for the deer. Then the neighbors gathered. One came out with a gun. I prayed he would not have to put the deer out of its misery. He didn’t. The deer died, and I did not have to watch the man do a merciful act.

The deer was beautiful, and we both paid a price. He seemed to come out of nowhere. I did not see him, or I would have swerved. Many questions filled my mind. I asked myself what I could have done differently.

I still had not thought about my car or myself. The neighbors checked on me and asked if I was hurt. I was fine—sore but fine. My son and husband showed up. My son took the deer. My husband decided it was safe to drive the car home. The damage seemed minor.

Jesus said we would have trouble in this world.

When we looked at my car in the lights at home, the damage was pretty bad. We would have to replace the bumper and hood. One lady in the group said, “Your insurance will cover it.” That would not be the case. I have liability only. The next day, we took the car to the repair shop. They told us they were behind and could not estimate the damage for two to three weeks.

We took heart since we had another car to drive. The air bags did not deploy. The windshield did not break. I had no soreness the next day.

Life seems like a roller coaster. Quarantines isolate us, pandemics rise and fall, and supply chains break down. Our peace does not come from the world. Our peace comes from the Lord. He has overcome the world.

Do you ever look back and realize how God was with you—right there on the side of the road when You needed Him the most?

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Theresa Pierce

Theresa Parker Pierce lives in historic Salisbury, North Carolina, where she enjoys spending time with family and friends. She has thirty-five years of experience in teaching reading and history. Theresa has a master’s degree in education and is National Board certified. As a two-time Rowan Salisbury Teacher of the Year, Theresa enjoys storytelling about her childhood in eastern North Carolina and giving tours in Rowan County. Her manuscript, Up Dunn's Mountain, won first place for Young Adult Literature at Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference. She is a member of Word Weavers International. A historic docent, Theresa shares her volunteer time between the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer and the Rowan Museum in Salisbury. With a closet full of costumes, Theresa dresses in period attire and is a toastmaster who speaks to historic groups, senior citizens, and her favorite children.