This has been a rough week for my wife and I. Mostly financial burdens have come upon us. The whole “when it rains, it pours,” cliche would be appropriate for our current situation. Everything is really fine, but when things get like this, it is easy to lose some hope and get frustrated and down. Here is how everything has gone down.
Lately while driving in my super awesome family minivan, it would violently shake whenever I slowed down or set the cruise while also going straight or turning to the right. When I would accelerate or go to the left there would be no shaking. I know what you are thinking and I thought the same thing, NASCAR is where this van needs to be. Instead of making the trek to the Daytona 500 I decided to get new tires. After all, this vehicle holds my most precious cargo, my family, and it needs to be safe. I purchased new tires, $500.00. While getting the tires on my van we found the culprit for the originating of the shaking and wear on my tires. Both tie rods on the wheels were shot. So, this meant I had to schedule an appointment for my van to get these replaced, $250.00. The very next day my family was going to run some errands so I decided to warm the van up. It didn’t start. The only good thing about this is that it made me think of my favorite line from Jars of Clay, “If the car won’t start, when you turn the key. When the music comes on all your cold cold heart can do is skip a beat.” That is what my heart did. New battery for my van, $80.00. Let’s recap: Monday = New Tires, Friday = New Tire Rods, Saturday = New Battery. Another issue came up on Sunday but that is a whole different post.
I’m sure I’m not the only person that has experienced this kind of frustration and financial burden at one time. As I mentioned before I have found it difficult to trust that God is moving his hand somewhere in all of this. I continue to chug on and put my faith and trust in Him. Maybe I had started to get too independent and He is reminding me that it is Him I need to trust in.
As I look back at my past week I notice one thing. Through all of this I have become lazy in my prayer life and easily irritated and frustrated. We can easily fall into this. When things don’t go well we can easily fall off the wagon of what truly sustains us.
This next week I will be focusing on my prayer life and jumping back on that wagon and knowing that God is in control. God has a plan for me and some van troubles won’t get in the way of that. I have not only replaced the battery in my van but have replaced the battery in myself.
This week I challenge you to strengthen your prayer life no matter how strong it is. We can never be too close to Christ.