"And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:19
"Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment." 1 Timothy 6:17
We're trying mighty hard to focus on the good in our situation these days. Last week, Zander and I were on our way out of town to do some grocery shopping for a fun company-filled weekend. We didn't get very far before there were serious problems with our van. As in, when you stepped on the gas, it wouldn't move. So we called the mechanic, he took the van to the shop and called us back with the bad news- our transmission is shot and needs to be replaced. He gave us all the options, but quite honestly, none of them fit our budget at all. Andy's just been working enough to pay the bills, and we were not prepared for an emergency like this. We both prayed about it, because we really do need the van, and called him back and told him to go ahead. We've been praying ever since for God's provision, because we're going to need to pay for this repair tomorrow. I can't wait to see it come to fruition!
In the meantime, it's been a bit of a struggle to not have the van. And while I could dwell on the bad, and the fact that we are stuck at home without it, instead, we choose to focus on the positives, and of those, it turns out, there are many. For instance, just a few weeks ago we were on a family trip to Minneapolis. Thank God we made it back and forth with no instances, because had we had this problem on the road, I don't know what we would have done. I know God was watching out for us! I am also incredibly thankful for the perfect timing of the van actually breaking. It was here in town, and not out on a busy highway or in the city of Green Bay. It was here, where our mechanic is, and we were able to avoid any towing charges, and we also had peace of mind that he was available right away. I am thankful for our mechanic, who told us all the facts, and reassured us that this repair was the right thing to do- our van will be guaranteed for three years should we encounter any problems. That's like a brand new vehicle!
I am thankful for the timing for the van to break down. It could have waited until this week, when Abigail has her recital and we'll be back and forth to Appleton several times. As it is, we're also grateful that during the week, we are able to borrow my mom's truck if we need it until the van is ready for us. I am also incredibly grateful that our children seem to really understand what is going on. We sat down and told them what happened with the van, and explained to them that for a few weeks, things are going to be very tight, and we need their help in helping save money and not spending. They were a little sad about that at first, but understood, and have been wonderful about the whole thing. I am also grateful because I know there is a whole group of people praying with us about this situation. I am grateful for our church family who agrees with us in prayer in times of need.
Mostly though, I am grateful this Tuesday morning for His Provision, because I know it will be there. I know that tomorrow when I go to pick up the van, that the funds will be there to pay for the repairs. God supplies ALL our needs, according to HIS riches, and our needs will be met.
*Don't forget to head on over to the Gratituesday event at Heavenly Homemakers. Laura's post this morning is guaranteed to make you smile.