Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Broken down...an unexpected blessing :) {Gratituesday}

Last Friday afternoon I found myself at the location in the photo below (and, no, it wasn't the bingo hall). And just why would the kids and I be hanging out at the local Masonic Center? Keep reading, my friends; this is a good story... 

The day began with a long to-do list: Stop at Cash & Carry, drop Christina off at her mom's, gas and a few groceries at Costco, more groceries at Winco, and then lunch and Christmas cookie baking followed by dinner and a movie at a friend's house. I had the day planned out perfectly so that my errands would be accomplished in order to arrive at exactly 12:30 for lunch...

But my plans were not the Lord's plans.

Good thing I had my crochet bag with me. :)

Have you ever been driving your car and realized that something was wrong? It's an unsettling feeling to be sure. After a quick phone call to the husband, I was off to have the car checked out when...

It died.

Simply ran out of power...and stopped. Right in the middle of the road.

After a quick call to AAA (if you don't have a membership to AAA, get one!), I phoned the husband to let him know we were stuck and to find out where I should have the car towed.

Now here's the amazing thing, and actually, there's three of them:

First: Five people (including a woman) stopped to help and pushed my car (Ford Expedition, not a light-weight vehicle, mind you) off the road and into the parking lot of the Masonic Center -- THANK YOU!!

Second: Our mechanic (he's a mobile mechanic -- so cool) just happened to be working that same day on our friends' car -- the same friends we had planned to have lunch and bake cookies with that day! Can you believe it? God is amazing!!

Third: We only had to wait about 20-30 minutes for our tow-truck to arrive. And the driver was the nicest guy. The kids were with me, so they got to ride in the tow truck, too, and while I didn't get a photo of them in the tow truck, I did take one of their smiling faces while we were waiting for it to arrive.

What we learned...

God is good and provides what we need, and He works out every detail to our good and His glory! We prayed that we'd make it to the auto repair before the car died, but we didn't. That was because the Lord wanted to use six total strangers and an auto mechanic to bless us. After we'd arrived at our friends' house and the tow truck was driving away, AnnaLynn said, "Mom, even though we didn't make it to Lew Schwab to have the car looked at, the Lord worked everything out perfectly!" And He did. We were exactly where we had intended to be -- only not the way we had planned. Only the Lord could orchestrate the day so perfectly; thank you, Lord!

If you're wondering what was wrong with the car, it was the alternator, but I'm sure you all figured that out by now. We also had to buy a new battery. While I'm not so happy about that (not exactly what I'd planned to be purchasing on Friday), I am thankful for the Lord's provision and protection.

One more thing before I sign off. When I called AAA, I was told that it would be between one to two hours before a tow truck would be there to help us. I told my husband over the phone that I didn't have any water or snacks with us -- we were completely unprepared for a lengthy wait. An article I'd read just the week before about how to put together an emergency car kit came to mind, and I realized it was time to put one together ourselves so that we wouldn't find ourselves in the same position ever again (and I call myself a prepper...).

So what am I doing tomorrow? That's right. Putting together an emergency car kit for both our cars which will include water bottles, fruit leather, beef jerky, a blanket or two, a flashlight, extra batteries, and more. I encourage you to do the same. :)

Counting my blessings one by one and giving thanks for all the Lord is doing in my life -- for the grace and mercy He extends to this imperfect lump of clay. How about you? What are you thankful for today?


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  1. Oh, my goodness! What is with our family always having car troubles? It's amazing seeing how God provides in situations like yours. :) Glad it all worked out and you are all safe!

    Love you,

    1. Amazing indeed! After writing the check for the new alternator and battery, I just looked at Dad and said, "Merry Christmas." :) So thankful 'cause it could've been so much worse. xo, Mom

  2. Ah - that I would have your faith and calmness in the same situation! What a gift you have.

    Have a very Blessed Advent, my friend!


    1. I smile at this because my kids were in the car with me...sad to say, my response might have been much different if I hadn't had them there as witnesses. The entire situation truly did provide an opportunity for my kids to see how the Lord provides (even a calm spirit within their mama). SDG!

      Blessings, ~Lisa :)

  3. That happened to my husband, Charis, and I on a trip home from PA one time. Thank God we had AAA. God was good and provided for us. How slow I forget this many times.

    1. Love, love, love our AAA membership. We've certainly gotten our money's worth out of it over the years. We are slow to forget, are we not. Maybe that's why stuff like this happens -- to remind us. :)

  4. "All things work together for good", dear friend. Thanks for sharing an example. :)
    Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday. :)

  5. Visiting from Our Simple Farm's party. Glad you made it home safe and sound! I live in urban Milwaukee and even with our ethnic diversity, people still stereotype one another, sadly. I had a car break down on an intersection in a mixed race neighborhood. I'm white...do you think any other white folks stopped to check on me or help? Nope. But a bunch of Mexicans, none of whom spoke English, and who often get labeled as "lazy", came over and pushed me out of traffic and off to the side. Sometimes I think God sends us "problems" like this just to teach us to have more faith in our fellow man or to force us to learn more about one another. I was so grateful for that day and the help I got.

  6. It is remarkable how God worked out the details of your day. So good to know you are safe. Thanks for sharing your story. My son telephoned AAA just yesterday. His car died in the driveway. But years ago I had a transmission failure - frightening with babies in the car - and no cell phone in those days. We made it back home, thankfully.

    Once in a while I see the Amish on our country roads with "horse trouble" and feel for them as there is no AAA when an inexperienced horse gets spooked (by a passing milk truck). It can be dangerous. A neighboring farmer will usually come to the rescue.
    Karen A.

  7. Anonymous12/08/2012

    The Lord is always good!


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