About a month ago, we were driving along the road, coming back from a family outing, when the car started acting funny. That is never a good sign. It’s an even worse sign when the car won’t shift and you realize top speed is somewhere in the 35-40 mph zone. You guessed it…the transmission was going out.
I hate car repairs. They’re never small and they’re never cheap. I knew a shot transmission would definitely not be on the cheap side. In fact, with some of the other problems, it’s not worth fixing at this point. Jeremy and I began to pray about what to do. It’s so easy to simply try to fix the need in our own strength (notice I said try). How often we (I) forget to stop and just ask God for direction concerning things like car problems!
Jeremy and I also felt like this was a praying opportunity for our kids, for us as a family. As they get older, their involvement in matters such as these should increase, I believe. We’ve prayed several times as a family that God would direct our steps. Of course, with kids, you also get prayers like, “Please can we have a yellow car with flames on the side.” God, please no! 🙂
Through this situation, I feel challenged to be on the lookout for these praying opportunities for my kids. I want them to grow up knowing that God answers prayers and that we should always turn to Him. I want them to see the power of prayer and allow it to increase their faith.
The timing of this is so inconvenient on so many levels (although when are car problems convenient?), but increasing our trust and faith in Him is always right. So…we keep driving the caddy at a steady 40 mph, we keep praying, and we follow God’s direction…together as a family.