We’re not sure how much we have mentioned this, but for the last few months we have been babysitting a friends car as they are out of country. Like all babysitting gigs this has come with some sweet perks – like mobility, an easier time grocery shopping, the ability to help others be mobile and hauling a variety of things for Mozaika – and a few moments of stress.
This morning we took the car in for an oil change. To be completely transparent, neither of us knows that much about cars or feels super confident strolling into a garage and knowing what needs to be done…toss in a whole new set of Slovak vocabulary that we certainly do not use on a daily basis. With the aid of a cell phone, two friends and the internet, we now understand that our simple oil change has grown into a list of essential repairs.
This is not one of those miraculous stories from overseas workers where the skies open up and a new car (with Matthew sized leg room and excellent fuel mileage) falls from the heavens.
As we left the garage (over six-and-a-half hours ago), Matthew asked God to keep the price range around a specific number we knew we could handle. From our estimations we are currently over double that number. Here’s the kicker – recently we were given some fun money from friends and family. We had squirreled it away and Matthew started to dream enjoyable, memory making methods to spend it; Amber however had tucked away a previous lesson learned (yes, Amber is often a step ahead). Past experience has taught us that when we get a little disposable income it usually means there is an unforeseen expense coming our way. Even with the use of our fun money, this repair bill will still end up being a “put on the credit card and pay off in installments” kind of scenario – but we are not broken.
We are learning that God does care about our dreams and the small perks that enrich life; but beyond what we want, He is taking care of what we need – even before we know we need it.
So, is this a miraculous story? Yes.
Will Hollywood make a movie of it? No.
Is it a foundational lesson in trust? You better believe it.