“Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am.” Philippians 4:13 MSG
Recently I got a call from my son that his car wouldn’t start. I’d already left for work, so I called and checked in and then headed back home to see what I could do. When I got there it was clear that the car was not going to start. It just went click, click, click. After quickly conferring with my son we decided that the best thing to do was just to drop my him off at class as he had a presentation to do that morning and we would figure the rest out later.
If this were 6 or 8 months ago this would have left me flustered and anxious, all day. How would I get time to get the car fixed? What if it were something really expensive? Should I call a tow truck?
I though I should try to jump start the car after work, however our jumper cables disappeared somewhere in the 3 or 4 miles between our current address and our previous one. After work I made a trip to Lowe’s to get some. Thankfully they were made for the automotive novice with explicit instruction on the side of the bag. Had that not been the case I would have consultant my all-knowing friend Google or his good buddy YouTube for help.
Thirty minutes and one call to the mechanic later it was clear that the battery was beyond help and would need to be replaced. It was now 6 pm. Off to Walmart to purchase a new battery. When I finally sat down, my son texted that his class was over and he needed to be picked up, so off I went.
I’ll condense the next few hours: off to Bible study/ministry training. Back home. Attempt with my son to remove the old battery with assorted wrenches, sockets, pliers, and bolt loosening spray (in the dark with lanterns). Another trip to Walmart for the right size socket wrench set and additional bolt loosening spray and voila! Old battery out, new battery in, the car starts and it’s now 11:30pm.
We are both tired, covered in dirt and grease and smiling from ear to ear. Today was a win for me. I had faith that I would be fine, regardless of the outcome, I learned something new, and I got to spend time with my son.