Saturday, November 25, 2006

The Timex Minivan

In a recent prayer email to our prayer partners I wrote a request to pray for our 2 minivans. Combined they have over 400,000 miles on them. I included the odometer picture you see here.

Last week, Gina called me while I was on my way to meet with a friend about partering with our Paris Church Planting ministry. Gina said the car had broken down. She said that it was low on gas but that the car would start and is running right now but when she gives it gas it sputters and dies. But, it would start back up. I started putting the pieces togehter like dying on the road, running ,though running badly, and over 250,000 miles. My initial diagnosis was DOA engine (thrown rod).

I met quickly with my friend, who is now a new ministry partner and began driving to where Gina had broken down. The whole time I was thinking "What are we going to do"? I thought for a brief moment that maybe no one on the prayer team really prayed about our cars. I knew that when I got there I could check the oil and water in the oil would be a quick sign that my suspicions were true. Still I wondered how I would travel to meet with churches and pastors while Gina is at home with 4 kids. Who gets the other minivan? I finally came to grips with the fact that God would make it all work out (I quit whining). About a block away I prayed one more quit prayer, "God please let it just be out of gas" (even though it didn't sound like it from Gina's desciption.)

I arrived and got it in the car to start it. Guess what? It wouldn't start any longer, but it did sound OK. I quickly grabbed the gas can I through in may car on the way out the door, went to get some gas and put it in the van. It started right up and purred like a very, very old kitten. Yep that minivan has taken a licking and kept on ticking. I guess the prayer team really did pray about our cars.

As of this morning it has 253,968 miles on it. Should I try driving this thing from NC to TX and back for Christmas?

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