God gave us a car! WooHoo!
No, seriously. He totally did. And it’s really only 5 words but in keeping with the theme, I thought I’d add a woohoo for good measure.
Let me begin…well, a little earlier. We got this car:
about 3 months after we moved to the UK for the whopping price of £150. It was a total blessing from some new friends and has served us well for almost two years. We had to do a couple of repairs when it came time for the MOT (yearly safety inspections in the UK) and we’ve replaced the tyres (with used ones, but still), we got seat covers as the interior wasn’t fantastic, and it didn’t like starting sometimes when it was too wet, but all in all it was a good little car that never left us stranded. That is, until it didn’t matter anymore.
This year, we were quite worried about the MOT as last year it seemed a mere fraction away from failing structurally. We prayed, asked others to pray, and miracle of miracle’s it passed! And passed well. One small replacement part worth £5 plus labour and a couple tyres (I kind of dinged one avoiding a bus a couple of months back), again used. Woot!
Then I got a phone call from someone telling me that God had told them to buy us a car, and would the Rocket Scientist be free to get off work a bit early that afternoon to go pick it up.
After I stopped crying and picked myself up off the floor, I remembered that unfortunately he had a class to teach so, no. They ended up going out to see if they could pick it up anyway and came back to say that it wasn’t exactly as advertised and they wouldn’t be buying that car after all. But soon, they’d find a car soon, hopefully we weren’t too disappointed. Of course we weren’t. How could we be? We were getting a new car! It had looked like a nice car, it had 5 doors (5!) and it wasn’t red (I have never not owned a red car), but I knew whatever car God had in store would be just perfect. Secretly I feared that it would, however end up being red.
So, the next day, having put the idea of a new car aside for a couple of weeks (thinking it would likely take at least that long to find something suitable) I was driving a friend of Doodle’s home after they’re sleepover and as I was about to turn a corner…we stopped. Dead. Right there, with my turning signal on and three kids loudly enjoying each other’s company, my little red colt gave up. Right.
Let me just say, that the knowledge of a new car just waiting around the corner gave me immeasurable peace through all of it. Everyone else was completely stressed and feeling bad at how I was stranded with three kids and whatever would we do and oh no! I on the other hand was fine. We played ‘count the white cars’ and when no white cars drove by we switched it to ‘count the red cars’ (which I thought was terribly funny) while we waited for the breakdown truck. Doodle’s friend’s mum didn’t live too far so she came to pick him up. Meanwhile, Doodle fell asleep so ZuZu and I played pat-a-cake and wind the bobbin up.
We didn’t end up waiting too long fortunately, but it was not something that could be fixed on the roadside and the mechanic figured it would be at least £200 or £300. Not really worth fixing with a new car coming in the next couple weeks so we just towed it home.
Ok. Side note? They should seriously put driving while being towed with a straight bar behind a breakdown van on the test. That is seriously trippy. You can’t see the road or other cars, just the back doors of this van. Moving on.
The Rocket Scientist was a bit stressed at the thought of not having a car for an indefinite period of time. How would I get to the gym? How would we get to the cousin’s birthday party coming up? How long would it take him to get to church to set up for his Scramblers class? We could no longer give our car away because it was dead and wouldn’t make it to its MOT retesting. All these things. As for me? This car was going to die whether certain ‘someones’ had been obedient or not. But because they were, we didn’t have to worry about costly repairs or finding a new car. Neither of which we could afford.
The next day I was taking a day in to do laundry and figure out what might need to be reorganized over the next week or so when I got a text. ‘On the way over with your new car’. !!!!! Turns out that a better one had been found. By far!! And the timing had been perfect as the car had been advertised for several days and gotten several calls but when it was found just happened to be the only time the seller had to actually show it. More calls came in while the deal was being made. Our God is so good.
Because of the obedience of the children of God, our family is now driving this:
It has a spacious interior, leather upholstery, power windows, air conditioning, a CD player, low mileage. I felt like I was on Oprah being ushered into the driver’s seat, all weepy as I was. I totally cried again when the boot was opened and I saw all the space. But the best two features of all? Back doors. No more climbing in and out to get car seats and buckles done up!! And…wait for it…It’s not red!!!!!!
Thank you God and may blessings return to your children a hundred fold!!
PS. if anyone wants a little red Mitsubishi Colt, just needs a new distributor cap/coil/thingy, it’s free for the taking until Monday. Then the scrappers get it.