Golly! What a time we have had these past three weeks!
Debris on the roadway which to go to the left would have caused a crash; to go the right would have caused a crash; so we slowed down as much as absolutely possible and then prayed and straddled the left over tire from a semi that had had a blow-out! It was bumpy and LOUD – our vehicle was hurt but at least the big red pick up behind us (by about 3 feet at the time we hit the debris) didn’t plow into us and kill us, causing a pile up. Whatever other choice we would have made, people would have been injured and/or killed. It was the ONLY decision that could have been made. We went on to our destination, quite shaken up but alive, praising the Lord for His protection.
On the way home, however, we started understanding just how bad our little vehicle, our “gift” from the Lord had taken the hit. We started losing the underpinning (the protection for the engine and such), then the bumper started to loosen! We took it in for estimates. With a high deductible, and never having anything like this ever happen to me before, we chose the place walking distance to our home, took out a loan to cover it and got it fixed, BUT it wasn’t fixed. Long story short, we ended up having to involve the insurance company after all, taking it in (which we should have done in the first place) to another place and now we are in a real mess because they can’t repay for what was supposed to have been fixed (but wasn’t – it’s complicated – we will have to go to small claims court, praying about that one), anyway, there was mechanical damage done as well the underpinning was thrust up into things (I’m not mechanically inclined, so I do not understand the details), but that was just the beginning . . . the snowball began to roll . . . so now the bumper which was just barely reattached is hanging again, plus cracking, not safe cannot be replaced (like it was supposed to be) and . . . and . . . etc. we will have to live with that – oh well.
Then there were many, MANY other little things that came at us . . . checks stolen about a year ago showing up at our bank, although dealt with, somehow now released, etc. . . . . miscommunications with this company and/or person and/or organization about this/that or another thing . . . just as soon as one thing gets cleared up; like with Job in the Old Testament, it was like that at our home the past three weeks – honestly – I am not exaggerating, no deaths, but it has been tragedy after tragedy. Financial, Health, Property, Family, you name it – boom, BOOM, BOOM!!!
Then, bless the Lord, as He always does, He surrounds us with His prayer warriors – calls, texts, messages from all over come in from loved ones – THANK YOU!!! and this morning – in one of our devotionals this came across and I will share it here, followed by the song it reminded me of by Twila Paris from years ago . . . may the Lord encourage YOUR hearts by both of these as well, precious ones . . . in His LOVE, I remain His Handmaiden, Karin
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