If everything came together smoothly, what would be the challenge in life?
This week's BFS assignment challenged us to write about how we handle/have handled catastrophes. You can read my assignment post here. I have a friend, though, who is as I type in the middle of a catastrophe of her own. She's one of my classmates from BFS -- Rachel at Babymakers
We met through a series of back-and-forth comments between blogs and (through a process of prayer and strange circumstances) she and her family decided to drive from their home in Pennsylvania all the way (about 45 hours) to our home in Sinaloa to house-sit for us during our furlough.
Once all the details were taken care of and the weather cleared, they got on their way Monday night. We prayed them across the eastern and midwestern states and into Arizona. Then yesterday (Wednesday) we received a quick message via internet: "Please pray! Hot!!! Oil!!! Looks like we just blew the engine." We had been praying, but now we stepped it up.
When Rachel gets back online, she'll probably post the "what happened next" part of the story from her angle. What happened next here is that we quickly got on the email with friends in Tucson and connected the two families. Ever feel really helpless? Well, we felt pretty helpless!!! Didn't sleep much last night for worrying about our new friends!!! I kept imagining them stranded on the side of the road with 6 kids in a blown VW van; but we were praising God that they were in Arizona and not in Missouri.
This morning I received emails from both families. One said, "We're on our way to rescue the Powells" and the other said, "We just loaded the van on the Schneider's flatbed." We still felt pretty helpless, but it was so good to hear that God was answering our prayers!!!
I have no idea how this saga will end at this point. What I do know, though, is that through all this God will be receiving the glory!!! Satan may have intended the car trouble for evil, but God is working all things together for good!
Pray that the Powells are able to get their van back in working order -- quickly and cheaply!!!
P.S. Rachel, when you read this, feel free to use it as your BFS assignment!!! ;^)