This summer our vehicle situation has been kind of tight. Dan’s car that he had owned since before we were married began having issues early in the summer, which didn’t help anything at all. The crazy thing got to where it simply would not start! We took it to the shop several times, and they couldn’t seem to figure out what the electrical problem was that was continually draining the battery. Having to jumpstart it every time it was needed got pretty old very quickly, and we finally had to come to the conclusion that its days of usefulness were coming to an end.
God always provides for our needs, however, and just about the same time that Dan’s car quit, my dad generously offered to give us an older farm pickup that he no longer needed. It’s wonderful to have a vehicle that will actually start by turning the key! :) Seriously, though, we appreciate having this vehicle–we certainly have needed it.
So, Dan started driving my dad’s old pickup to work, and that left our two vans for our two working boys. The schedules usually worked out so that I didn’t have to take either of them to work very often. We were very aware, however, that as the summer drew to a close we were going to have to find another vehicle so we wouldn’t be one vehicle short here when John goes to school.
Again, God always provides for our needs! One of the other members of the food bank board that I am on asked me if we were planning to buy a car for John and offered to sell us the car he had been driving for a very reasonable price. He was wanting to sell the car so he could buy a pickup, so this seemed like a great opportunity to pick up a vehicle specifically for college.
John took it for a test drive and liked how it drove–he said it reminded him of driving our Sienna, which is the best vehicle that we own. It’s in pretty good condition. We are planning to put new tires on it next week before John drives it across the state.
It will be a blessing for John to have this car, and we are very thankful that the Lord provided it at just the right time.