Amanda and I listened with interest as our five year old son prayed in earnest "Dear God, thank you for breaking our vehicle..."
Although not quite as theologically polished as our prayer of thanks to God for "allowing" our vehicle to break down for whatever purpose He had in mind for us, Timothy had correctly learned to give thanks in everything and that God is in control of every circumstance of our lives. That's not bad for a five-year-old!
Our new 209,000 mile old Ford Excursion had broken down on our journey through Indiana. It was a dark Saturday night, the day before Easter. We were stuck. Little did we know as we found the closest motel that God was working out an amazing surprise for us.
Sunday morning found us limping our way to the nearest Independent Baptist Church we found on Google maps. Maranatha Baptist Church in Jeffersonville, Indiana.
What a blessing this church was to us. The people were so kind to us throughout the day. We felt as if we were home at our sending church.
God marvelously orchestrated that a mechanic was there with his tools. He sacrificially gave much of his Easter Sunday afternoon to help us get back on the road. We will never forget his kindness.
On Sunday evening, the pastor graciously gave us the opportunity to present our calling to Colombia. What an unexpected surprise and blessing.
As I reflect now on all that God has done because of our vehicle breakdown. I am reminded that Amanda and my prayer had been that God would fill our April schedule. We had not scheduled to present anywhere on Easter Sunday. We had been told that almost no pastor would have a missionary in on Easter--yet God graciously answered our prayers by allowing us to break down where we did on Easter.
Now I pray like Timothy, "Dear God, thank you so much for breaking our vehicle!"