Two Truths and a Lie
“What will you do with your one wild and precious life?” – Mary Oliver
Have you ever played that game, “Two Truths and A Lie?” It’s the old, familiar icebreaker game where everyone in a group shares three things about themselves. The challenge for everyone else is to guess which of the three statements was a lie. May I confess something? I LOVE that game. Want to know why? Because I always win.
I don’t say that to brag, but because I recognize throughout my life God’s allowed me to experience a series of unexpected adventures as He’s formed me into the person I am today. So at the risk of never being able to play Two Truths and a Lie again, let me share from some of the unbelievable truths that God’s invited me to experience so far.
- I once team-drove a semi across the US, non-stop.
- I once rode a bull in a rodeo.
- I once fell out of a bus bathroom into the laps of some surprised Romanians.
Today – I will address #1. It is true. When my children were yet toddlers, my husband was offered the chance to drive a semi-load of turbines from Sun Oil Refinery in Toledo Ohio to Houston, Texas – non-stop. The turbines were being shipped to have preventative maintenance done on them and time was of the essence. Jeff came home and told me what he was going to do and I asked if I could go – could I possibly be his other ‘team driver’. The reason one would need a team driver was because of driving straight through – one driver sleeps while the other drives. There was only one small problem in my plan. I did not have my CDL license, nor did I have any experience driving semi.
But as Mary Oliver’s quote says I had only “one wild and precious life” to live. Why not? I went out and got my CDL. We got our best friends to watch our kids and waited for the call saying the turbines were loaded and ready to go. It came near 10 pm one night. I was concerned that I wouldn’t be able to stay awake (note that I didn’t seem to be all that concerned that I had no experience driving a big rig let alone one with a million dollar load!). That began my first ever drug-abuse experience. I over-dosed on No Doz. I was wired.
Jeff took the first shift. When it was my turn to drive, I got behind the wheel and pulled out onto the highway. How was I going to shift this monster? How many times did I have to shift it? Why did I ever think I could do this? I was terrified. But my pride was at stake. There was another truck with another load following us with two guys in it, so I couldn’t buckle now. The only thing to do was to drive that darn truck. And I did.
For 22 hours, Jeff and I traded off the driving responsibilities. The biggest issue I had was that the female bladder is definitely smaller than the male bladder and it was slight blow to my pride to have to radio to the guys in the other truck to tell them that we would need to pull into the next truck stop so I could, ummm, get something to drink. Yeah – I don’t think they bought it either.
The Adventure with God
My point here is that I did something I thought I could never do. I drove a semi to Houston….and back…and lived to tell about it.
What is something you have been thinking about doing but felt it was too far out there – or not practical or not possible? Did you feel that God was asking you to take on something that was completely beyond you – beyond your ability to do? Looking back, would you say you have more regrets about the times you stepped out into unchartered waters or the times when you played it safe? The truth is, God has given you this one precious life – consider getting wild.
More next week –
Grace and peace,
About the writer: Deb Turnow
Deb Turnow is the Executive Director of Kavanna House, a spiritual formation center in York, Pa. Prior to that role, she was the Director of Spiritual Direction at Living Word Community Church in York. She has a Bachelor Degree in Psychology from York College in Pennsylvania and a M.A. in Spiritual Formation and Leadership from Spring Arbor University. She is also a graduate of the Spiritual Guidance Program at Shalem Institute. She is currently studying at San Francisco Theological Seminary. She is a certified spiritual director and also provides supervision for spiritual directors. She and her husband Jeff, live in York, PA.