IMG_5066It was not that long ago that I would cringe whenever it was time to head to the gas station.  My full-sized pick-up truck only went 17 miles for every gallon of gasoline that it consumed.  The ride was amazingly comfortable but it required 31 gallons of fuel which added up when prices were hovering around $4.00/gallon.

On a long road trip a gasoline stop was a major financial decision.  Who wants to take out a second mortgage just fill up your tank?  Fifty bucks is a lot of money but that is only half a tank of gas.

When the tank is run down to the blinking warning light, my wallet screamed for mercy.  The numbers on the gasoline pump kept rolling and turning.  Some gas stations had to install new pumps to accommodate a three digit purchase.

After years of struggling through the necessary inevitable decision I traded in that favorite rig for another.  It was hard to let it go.  Like most guys who own a truck, we love our faithful stead.

It did not take long, however, to enjoy the downsized version of my new compact truck.  Now, my pickup truck is delivering 23 MPG.  That is a huge difference.

When I roll into the gasoline station, my financial advisor is no longer rendezvous with me to check for inadvertent gasoline drips lost on the pavement.  No longer does the gasoline attendant dress in a tuxedo.  Charitable organizations are no longer holding out gas cans to be filled in lieu donations.

Recently, I was shocked to see gasoline prices drop below $3.00 a gallon.  That brought some immediate relief.  I could actually pay cash again!

Then, the prices caught popular attention on social media when it dropped below $2.00 a gallon.  We were all filling up and wondering what in the world was happening.  When something makes the “trending” list of social media, we all pay attention.

The latest prices are still capturing out attention.  At $1.77 how can we possibly go any lower?  It sure feels good in the pocket-book.

For all of us who scrimp and save and spend frugally, this is a little windfall that makes our busy lives find a little respite.    It is sometimes the little blessings that bring amazing relief.  We have lived so long under gasoline prices that have turned us into grumpy people.

God is watching over all things.  Even the simple things like the cost of fuel.  Counting our blessings includes the smallest things in life.

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