Chasing the Wind

News. Faith. Nonsense.

Parking Lot Angst

Preface: obviously, it’s a slow news day. I haven’t actually spent a lot of time thinking about this, but it beats that news item about Splash, the Amazing Swimming Dog That Can Do Things Mary Jo Can’t. For those inclined to commiserate, instruct, condemn, console, well, here’s your chance to do all of that.

I was headed to the gym last night, and took a strategic position to claim a parking space. For as long as I’ve known Bally’s, they’ve provided insufficient parking spaces for those that arrive at the gym during rush hour. This goes back at least 10 years, and during New Year’s Resolution Month, the problem quintuples. Circling the lot doesn’t work; the parking space always opens up on the row I just left. So my new technique is to stop at the end of a row and wait. Eventually somebody will exit the gym and I can have their spot.

So I’m waiting… waiting… and finally a man starts walking up my row. He’s on the right side, so I signal right, and continue waiting. I’ve signalled my intent long before anybody else, there’s no question this spot will be mine, mwa ha ha.

A car pulls up at the other end of the row, no doubt to perform the same parking lot stalking technique I’m using. The man stops at a jeep next to me, and I put my car in reverse to give him room to pull out.

The other car pulls up, signalling left, with the apparent motive to take the same parking spot I’m camping.

I think the behavior is bizarre. If they’re going to be rude and take the spot I’ve been camping, why bother signalling?

The jeep pulls out, and have luck would have it, backs out toward me, and when he pulls forward, cuts off the other car. The spot is easily mine, and I slide into it. The other car drives behind me, and the woman driving makes a viscious face at me and flips me the bird.

A little while later I see her in the gym; I’m sure she doesn’t recognize me from the back of my head, but her weird harido and continuous scowl is easily recognizable.

I didn’t say anything to her, just finished my workout quietly. So here’s some discussion questions for today regarding the correct reactions of a Christian:

  • Should I have given up my parking space? Why or why not?
  • Should I have said anything to her in the gym? If so, why? And what should I have said?
  • Do you think you could recognize me from the back of my head?

Like I said, slow news day. 😛

5 responses to “Parking Lot Angst”

  1. That’s amazing. Just because it’s a slow news day doesn’t mean y’all have to be quiet, too. Y’all were more talkative when I wasn’t here. 🙂


  2. Well, I can’t answer as a Christian, but I can answer as a fellow human trying to get along in this world.

    No, I do not think you should have given up the parking space. No, I do not think you should anything. No, I do not think you could be recognized by the back of your head.

    Just feel a little pity for someone who’s killing themselves by allowing stress to consume them and let little things like that ruin their day. I know I’ve never let something small get to me *cough* 🙂


  3. Was it *you* in the parking lot?


  4. You did the right thing. The parking space was rightfully yours. Luck was also on your side, and allowed you to move into the spot without incidence. The woman’s reaction is sad, but should not influence you to be spiteful or judgmental in saying something to her later.
    The more difficult situation would have been if the Jeep had turned the other way, and SHE had been able to slide into the space. Would you have been able to continue your workout without saying anything then?
    We can decide not to let those annoyances impact us negatively. If you are not wronged, let it go- and if you are wronged, but it is basically harmless- let that go too. A confrontation will likely not change anything about that other person, but will increase your stress and possibly that of other people around you. If anything, your response could be to say a silent prayer for the woman- that would be a truly Christian act.


  5. I consider myself a confident person, but not a confrontational person. I’m certain if she had taken the parking space I wouldn’t have confronted her. What would be the point? It’s not like such a person would say, “Oh, you’re right. I’ll go back and move my car for you.”

    Thank you for the reminder to say a prayer for her.


Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

About Me

Michael, a sinner saved by grace, sharing what the good Lord has shared with me.

Solomon, in the book of Ecclesiastes, said, “I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.”

If you’re not living for the glory of God, then what you’re doing is meaningless, no matter what it is. Living for God gives life meaning, and enjoying a “chasing after the wind” is a gift from God. I’m doing what I can to enjoy this gift daily.

Got questions? I’m not surprised. If you have any questions about Chasing the Wind, you can email me at

Recent Posts

  • God’s Plan for You
    I.      Jeremiah the Prophet We’re starting a new book today, a study of the major prophet Jeremiah.  We’re going to find over the course of the next several months much about the character of Jeremiah, and more importantly, the character of God. The book itself is long.  By word count, it’s the longest book in […]
  • It Is Finished
    The price Jesus paid for us, sinners in a broken world, was immense. It is available to all today. Accept the forgiveness so freely given. You don’t have to do anything else to be a Christian. Tetelstai, It Is Finished. #Jesus #biblestudy #love
  • Jesus Prays
    Jesus prays to the Father – for Himself, for His disciples, for future believes. He prays for you, too. Will you answer? #Jesus #hope #believe #pray #biblestudy
  • I Am the True Vine
       I.      Introduction Jesus made 7 “I am” statement in the book of John.  Do you remember what they were? This Passover week, we are at the 7th and final “I AM” statement.  During the first 6, Jesus gave these “I AM” statements to explain His relationship with the Father, and His relationship with us.  […]
  • His Hour Has Come
      I.      Introduction Even though we’re still in the book of John, something is different.  Jesus has demonstrated seven major miracles, each one demonstrating Jesus is the true Messiah.  But He has completed His miracles, and now he will elaborate on His death and what it means for gentiles.  But before we go there, I […]


%d bloggers like this: