I recently stumbled on a great writing challenge: Five Minute Fridays, a prompt to write for five minutes without editing or revising...then sharing whatever comes out. I've been lurking for a few weeks, but I decided today to throw myself into it. You can find lots of great writers in the link up, but this is what I did with the prompt, "Here."
Here is a place beyond yesterday's doubts.
"What if they can't fix the car...again?"
"What if we have to put more money than we have into the car...again?"
"What would our life be like if we just gave up on having a car?"
We went through a lot of "what if" before we got to
"God is big."
"God is sufficient."
"God has a plan for us, even in car trouble."
And we were serious about talking car-free living, that maybe God was calling us there. And that maybe we would be okay with going to that place.
I scoured for bus routes to get us there. Two and a half hours one way IF the schedule ran exactly on time...on a Sunday?
I thought about biking. We've got a newborn on the way and another Midwest winter around the corner.
I thought about taxi rides. But I cringed at the cost.
I thought about humbling ourselves and asking for rides. And then I realized we'll be a two car seat family and who has that kind of extra space?
Then I got the "you can come pick up your car" call. And it was smooth sailing, with no more knocking sound, all the way to the gas station. Then to the grocery store. Then to our home.
And I thought about how we'll be able to drive to a birthday party tomorrow, church on Sunday, and a send-off for a family from our church who are moving...because God has gifted us with a car.
So here? Here is a place full of gratitude for transportation and a God who gives more abundantly than we deserve.