We had the (good) surprise of our lives today, and were rather in shock for a couple of hours. Actually, some of us are probably still somewhat in shock over what happened.
We’ve been discussing for a year or more what to do with the engine in our van. It was obviously wearing out, but wasn’t bad enough to replace yet. Then, right after we moved over here, I started having trouble getting it out of fifth gear (it’s a manual). It wasn’t all the time, just sometimes, but we also noticed a strange whine when going the speed limit. I didn’t think much of it, and kept double- or triple-clutching when necessary to shift gears. Then, on Monday this week, I took the van to Simon’s boss to get a warrant of fitness. He told us that fifth gear was going out, but if we only used it when going downhill we should still be able to use the van for awhile. He advised that it wasn’t worth rebuilding the gearbox again (we did three years ago), given the age of the van (a 1994 model) and the state of the engine. The next time I used it was yesterday, Friday. I drove it the six minutes to pick Simon up from work, and both times in that short distance that I tried to shift from fifth gear to fourth it took everything I had to accomplish that—and the second time, I had to actually turn the van off after half a dozen tries, and then keep working at it for awhile. So, I didn’t use fifth on the way home, and the noise produced by driving in fourth, even below the speed limit, was such that conversation was impossible, and I had a headache by the time we got home.
After all that, we decided it was probably time to either never go anywhere as a family until we can take two vehicles, or get a different van. Esther and Simon started looking for them online, and we prayed for direction, but I could tell that Gayle was dreading making a decision. Simon’s boss came by this morning for a few minutes, and Gayle asked his advice about rebuilding the gearbox, since he hadn’t talked personally to him about it. Simon’s boss said he’d think about a vehicle for us. Three or four hours later, he pulled into our driveway in a very nice van, and his wife was right behind him in their vehicle. He handed Gayle the keys. We were absolutely speechless. This is something we never ever, in our wildest dreams, would have imagined happening. All we can do is say thank you, to a wonderfully generous brother in the Lord, and to God Who orchestrates such things. And, I believe we’ll be going to Easter Conference in Timaru again as we had planned on doing before the van started acting up! (Unless the Lord has other plans for us, that is.)
Oh, I am so BLESSED FOR you. This made my day! It’s my dream to be able to do things like this always!
NZ Filbruns says
I am still having trouble believing it, six hours later. We drove it this afternoon, and it’s so luxurious, compared to what we had before. It’s comfortable, and quiet–the driver can actually be heard from the back seat without screaming. We probably would never have bought this nice a vehicle for ourselves. It almost feels too nice for us.
H Crosswhite says
SO Happy for you!! Praise the Lord!
What an amazing blessing! So happy for you!
Quite a few years ago when we were in the middle of an adoption some friends handed us a check for a significant amount of the cost of the adoption. We felt so grateful and overwhelmed. When we expressed that to them they simply said that if the opportunity ever arose that we could pass on the blessing to do it. I don’t know that we will ever be able to bless someone else in the exact way they blessed us, but there have been many times that small opportunities have presented themselves and I always think of that generous gift when I pass a little on to someone else.
I also try to share this story whenever I have the chance. Thank you for sharing yours!!!
NZ Filbruns says
This makes me feel very ashamed for the times I haven’t wanted to be generous–and it makes me really want to be more generous in the future!
Sarah Dennis says
Wow! That is so wonderful Emma, I’m so happy for you all. What a tremendous blessing.
Grace Spencer says
I’m glad that we’ll be seeing you ones at the Easter Conference (Lord willing)!
Jeni Kydd says
Our Lord works in mysterious ways. Praise him always! What a wonderful part of your lives.