God For Me

Level of Indonesian and English fluency: Intermediate – Advanced

Indonesian Version

Agustus 2019 saya beli tiket dari Yogyakarta ke Los Angeles untuk berangkat 16 Maret 2020. Pada saat saya berangkat ke bandara saya dapat info bahwa berhubung kasus covid meluas maka Singapore Airlines memberi kemudahan untuk reschedule. Luar biasa. Dalam waktu yang mepet saya berhasil menunda keberangkatan ke Amerika.

16 April 2022 saya ke Washington DC, 18 April saya mau shopping ke Tysons Corner Centre, anak saya yang mengemudikan mobil salah masuk jalur tol. Ada 2 gerbang, gerbang 1. jalur cepat (pembayaran tanpa henti – ezpass) 2. Berbayar tunai coin $1,5. Aktivitas keseharian anak saya tidak lewat tol maka dia tidak membawa transponder, kami juga baru tiba, tidak membawa uang logam sedang gerbang tidak ada petugas yang berjaga. Gerbang pertama hampir tiap 5 detik ada mobil melintas, gerbang kedua sangat sepi. Anak saya memeriksa dompetnya cuma ada $0,65, kami gelisah. 

Beberapa saat kemudian ada mobil masuk ke jalur berbayar, kami memundurkan mobil agar mobil yang baru datang bisa lewat. Ternyata pengemudi mobil tersebut juga kebingungan karena harus menyediakan uang logam. Dia mencari-cari di dompetnya dan ada $2,5, dengan penuh suka cita pengemudi yang baru kami kenal itu memberikan satu dolar gratis kepada kami. Sehingga kami dapat lewat.

Menyadari Allah memberi solusi maka 28 April 2022 jam 17.40 saya meminta anak saya mengulangi lewat ke jalur $1,5 dengan persiapan membawa uang logam dan merekamnya. Allah maha besar.

English Version (4:50)

August 2019, I bought a ticket from Yogyakarta to Los Angeles with a departure date of March 16, 2020. When I was going to the airport, I received information that as the covid cases have spread, Singapore Airlines gave the flexibility ro reschedule. Amazing. I managed to postpone the departure to America at the very last minute.

April 16, 2022, I went to Washington DC; On April 18, as I was going to do some shopping at Tysons Corner Center, my son who was driving the car took the wrong toll lane. There were 2 gates, gate 1 is the fast track (non-stop payment using EZPass), and gate 2, cash payment at $1.5. My son’s daily activities did not involve going through the toll. So he didn’t bring a transponder, we also have just arrived and we didn’t have change while there were no staff on duty at the gates. The first gate had a car passing through every 5 seconds, the second gate was quite empty. My son checked his wallet and he only had $0.65, we were anxious.

A few moments later, there was a car entering the cash payment gate, we reversed our car so that the incoming car could pass through. Turns out the driver of that car was also flustered as he had to have change ready. He looked through his wallet and he had $2.50, the newly acquainted driver happily gave us $1 for free so that we could pass.

Realizing that God had given us a solution, then on April 28, 2022 at 5:40 PM I asked my son to go again through that $1.5 gate being already prepared with change and recorded the process. God is good.

This is a story from Kristianto Tanoto, who is originally from Surabaya and currently residing in Yogyakarta. He owns a bicycle shop named Toko Sepeda 2000 (dua ribu), which means bicycle shop 2000 (two thousand), in Kroya near Cilacap, in Central Java. The shop is a place where he projects and enjoys his natural talent in tinkering professionally. Currently he is writing his own autobiography. 

VOCABULARIES

Bandara : Airport

Mepet : Almost time

Menunda : Postpone

Mengemudikan : Drive

Gerbang : Gate

Suka cita : Happy

Pengemudi : Driver

Uang logam : Coin, change

Indonesian language used here is in the daily-conversation format, that has influences from the local culture and custom. Should you have questions on the more formal version, please consult with your guru Bahasa Indonesia.

Level of Indonesian and English fluency: Intermediate – Advanced