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...
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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