Broken Car... God is Good!

I (Alex) am writing these lines with tears in my eyes. Tears of awe and joy. For the last two days my husband and I have seen God's Grace in action in such a way that we cannot but praise the Lord for He is good.

Sometimes we, sinners, in our weakness, doubt about God's Grace. We, sometimes, feel as if we were carrying the weight of the world on our shoulders. We feel as if our gracious father were busy somewhere else. As if He were not paying attention to our daily lives. As if we were alone. However, we are not. We are not alone, not even for a minute. "and behold, I am with you all the days (perpetually, uniformly, and on every occasion), to the [very] close and consummation of the age. Amen (so let it be)" (Matthew 28:20, AMP).

God is not busy somewhere else. He is right here, right now. With me and also with you. Reading these very same words. Two days ago, our car decided that it had been enough... it could only take so much, and it stopped working altogether. We made it to the auto repair shop where we were told that the engine was broken. They anticipated a very expensive repair, somewhere in the three thousands... that was bad news, right?

 I have to admit that I worried and even panicked. My husband's schedule, my schedule of classes, our children's schedules... how were we going to organize our lives with one car? How were we going to pay for that repair? I turned to my husband, "what are we going to do?" I could not believe he was so relaxed while I was about to have a heart attack. He said: "to pray".

I have to stop my narrative again to wipe the tears in my eyes and noisily blow my nose. I felt embarrassed for my husband's answer should have been in my mind long before he had to remind me to do what we are supposed to do continuously, to pray. I was also embarrassed because I was, undoubtedly making the wrong questions. It was not "what are we going to do", the right question was "how is our gracious father going to work this situation out?" I do not mean to say that we have to expect straight action from God every time that our car breaks. He could have found important for us to accept a tight situation with just one car... but he had other plans.

That very same night my husband sent an email to our field work church, Emanuel, in New Haven. Pastor Shoemaker immediately sent out an email to all members of the congregation... God was hands-at-work. Minutes later my husband started to receive emails from several members of Emanuel Lutheran, in New Haven, IN. They offered us inexpensive cars to buy, cars to borrow until another car could be purchased, and even advice on how to find an inexpensive engine online. We were amazed. But God was not yet quite done.

My husband had also sent an email to principal Rosin at Concordia Lutheran School, our children's school. Principal Rosin, like pastor Shoemaker, immediately sent out an email to every family in the Concordia community. And we awed again. Soon later, new emails started to arrive. One of those emails put us on our knees. I want to quote principal Rosin here, for his words are certainly more well versed than mine:

"Good morning everyone.

I have to share with you the result from my note yesterday regarding the family in need of a vehicle.

Within minutes I received several replies offering help or knowing someone who has a vehicle. However, one reply in particular was amazing and showed God's hand. A family had a vehicle that had been garaged for years, driven little, and was no longer needed as the owner no longer could use it. It had been sitting idle for a couple of months. Yesterday morning this family had a conversation in which they concluded that they should donate the car to church for someone in need of a vehicle. That was BEFORE I received the request.

Today, the family that lost their car has the replacement they desperately needed! I am convinced that God had this planned all along. That car sat in a driveway for 2 months just waiting for this moment. When it was needed, the Holy Spirit worked as only He can! It is moving to see God's hand at work.

I pray that knowing this can touch you as well as you see how God cares for us in so many ways.

God IS Good!

Have a Blessed Weekend!

Mr. Rosin"

Dear friends, sisters and brothers, today we met a family that we will never forget. Today we met Loretta Sassmannshausen and her lovely father. A family that has given in faith, not only a lovely car, they have given us the conviction that God had been hands-at-work days ago, months ago, years ago... preparing us all for this very moment. The Sassmannshausens have given us love and the reminder that we are all working for the same purpose, to praise our Lord and give Him thanks, and to let everyone know about his abundant Grace.

Right now Santi is changing the title of our beautiful "Jewel", that is the name we have decided for our car. Jewel because it certainly is a precious gift from God. Jewel because it belonged to a lady that is precious to God and to her family and also to us. Principal Rosin, we have seen the kind of community that you are hosting at Concordia Lutheran School and we are proud and honored of being counted among you.

May God bless you all. Jesus has poured His Grace upon us and He reminds us that we are not alone, ever.

"And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby), that He may remain with you forever— . The Spirit of Truth, Whom the world cannot receive (welcome, take to its heart), because it does not see Him or know and recognize Him. But you know and recognize Him, for He lives with you [constantly] and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans [comfortless, desolate, bereaved, forlorn, helpless]; I will come [back] to you. Just a little while now, and the world will not see Me any more, but you will see Me; because I live, you will live also. At that time [when that day comes] you will know [for yourselves] that I am in My Father, and you [are] in Me, and I [am] in you. The person who has My commands and keeps them is the one who [really] loves Me; and whoever [really] loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I [too] will love him and will show (reveal, manifest) Myself to him. [I will let Myself be clearly seen by him and make Myself real to him.] (John 14:16-21, AMP)

Praise the Lord for He is good! Amen.

 As you can see in this image (taken from google because I still did not have time to take pictures of Jewel) we have upgraded from a 2001 Toyota Corolla to a 1994 Ford Escort in excellent condition! I need another tissue...

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