Yesterday went great. I had a wonderful new friend over and we had so much fun! She has a daughter Emily’s age and a precious baby girl and it was just great. She was such a blessing to me. I can’t wait to get together with her again.
Nate came home yesterday. I was expecting him home any minute when he called and let me know that his car had broken down. Again.
The car started driving oddly about half way home. Nate got off the highway and drove to a gas station. It smelled like something was burning. Someone passing by told Nate that it was definitely his caliper (sp? I am not car part savy at all, sorry.) Nate was able to coax the car a little further down the road to an Auto Zone. It started smoking right before he arrived. Thankfully he made it and was able to fix and replace that particular part – something with the brakes. Another $100 spent, but he is safe. And his car is driveable again.
I was so frustrated when Nate called me at 5 pm to let me know what was going on. I knew he was exhausted – having been up since a very early hour to catch his flight – and he just wanted to get home to his family. We all wanted to see him too. At first, I found myself questioning the Lord “why? Why again did this have to happen.” I was ready to break down. I felt done. Discouraged and frustrated.
And then I sat down and prayed. And after a few minutes of quiet time, I felt better.
And I started laughing. It’s kind of funny really. One car issue after another. Yet we are all safe and healthy. Nate is safe.
God is good. Not only did Nate’s car not catch fire or cause an accident or leave him stranded on one of the 10 mile stretches of highway on his drive home with no exits and very sparse cell reception, but God allowed the incident to happen so close to an auto store. It wasn’t late at night when the store would be closed. We didn’t have to get the car towed (even though we have tow coverage with our insurance, we would still have to pay a portion because of the distance.) The auto store was open, they had all the parts & tools Nate needed, and he was able to make the repair in a relatively short amount of time. And drive home safely to us.
My very wise husband told me last night that it’s the little things in life that can really test you. Oh yes, we can have a big event happen – example: my miscarriage last fall – where you so obviously need to turn to Him and trust that He has a plan and purpose. Yes, we did that. But what about the little things? The one more car repair that is so frustrating. Do we turn to the Lord in those times? Do we thank Him for His goodness still?
I feel like that is one of the Lord’s challenges to me lately. I am very much a planner – I like to know exactly how everything is going to play out, from my weekend plans all the way to bigger things like our new baby coming. But I see God gently trying to remind me to give it to Him. Everything. Will I surrender all to Him?
“My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9a