We are headed up to see my daughter and her family in Fargo, ND this morning. They moved up there in August and we figured we wanted to get up there before the snow flies. It’s about a 6 hour drive, and I am not driving out of town yet, so my wife shoulders the burden of the entire drive – both ways. We will return Sunday so it is a short trip. Then we are heading down to our granddaughters volleyball game on Monday – a three hour drive one way. WE return from there that night. My wife will be exhausted! But it’s worth it to see the grand kids!
Of course, with all that driving we wanted to make sure our car was in good shape, so we had our mechanic take a look at it. The dealer we work with is a good friend who takes our car to his dealership an hour away and leaves us with a loaner while it is being fixed. We had been having some problems with occasionally starting hard and being a little sluggish, and he found that the spark plugs needed replaced. Everything else checked out good.
Our friend was getting ready to bring it home when he noticed a little puddle under the car. It was antifreeze, and looked like it was coming from the water pump. He said they would check it out and let me know, and he would bring us an almost new car of similar size and style to drive this weekend. This is a repair we can little afford right now.
When I shared this with my wife, we both teared up a little in thanks to God, and just gave Him praise. You might say “Why would you praise Him! You might have a broken water pump!”. I say while that is true, it is broken now and not halfway on our trip. It is in the hands of people I absolutely trust to do the right thing, not some mechanic I have never met. This is God’s mercy at work in a very big way, and I give Him praise.
One of the signature verses in my life is Proverbs 3:6 “In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct thy paths”. It is such a blessing that God watches over us 24/7/365. He knows our plans, and He knows the plans He has for us. He wants to bring blessing into our lives, and the discovery of that water pump problem before our trip is a huge blessing. We serve an awesome God!