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God Did It Again

A few weeks ago, I shared how our family seems to discover God’s fingerprints in the strangest places. When the van engine exhaled a deep sigh as it completely surrendered that afternoon in our driveway, I honestly thought we had seen all there was to see. God guided our clan home safely and our boys loved watching the van as it was helplessly loaded onto the back of the tow truck. God’s fingerprints were everywhere. Our boys fingerprints covered the front windows of our house from constantly observing all of the excitement.

I rested my head on my pillow that evening truly thankful, but also going, “Okay God, one day like this is enough! Thanks!”

But God wasn’t quite done yet.

The next day, my schedule was completely rearranged in order to pick-up the van which required an alternator replacement. The cost was so incredibly minimal, I was actually anxious to test drive it to see which brand of duct tape these guys used in order to keep the repair expense so low. I was beyond skeptical. My husband dropped me off at the car shop with our two younger boys as he rushed off to work. The two boys played carelessly on the waiting room chairs as I discussed the repairs with the salesman.

All was going along well until I realized we had exactly 5 minutes before my oldest boy needed to be picked-up from school. The second I was handed the receipt, I grabbed two little hands and off we rushed to the school. Making sure seat belts were tightly fastened, I slowly turned the key in the ignition.

You would have thought I had inserted a quarter to one of those old vibrating beds. Perhaps Florida really does have earthquakes?

I gazed in the mirror to view the reactions from my two children – one smiling, the other in a mild state of confusion.

“Oh mommy, not again!” my middle kiddo exclaimed. “I’m not feeling good!

Awesome. Not only do I have a vibrating, duct taped, roof caving in on all of us van, but now the roller coaster ride made my backseat rider sick.

We were now officially late to pick up the oldest child.

My mind whirled. If we stayed, who knew how long it would have taken to have the van looked at. Perhaps I could at least pick-up my oldest from school and return to “Let’s Make A Deal” later?

Off we went, bouncing and praying hard for no bright, blinking dash lights.

We made it without too many bumps to the school. We even made it halfway through the car loop before I heard that dreaded sound.

No, not the dinging of another warning light. A sound much worse. The noise that turns a mother’s stomach.

Our middle child vomited all over the back of our van…repeatedly. Still in the car loop, I just felt stuck. I couldn’t stop and hold him. I couldn’t even clean him up. We aren’t going to even discuss the smell…

As I drove forward, I was met by three warning dash lights.

A little further and a fourth joined the party.

Our oldest jumped-in and grabbed the front seat. I found the next closest place to pull over and assess the damage. I imagine if the van wasn’t vibrating as bad, the damage might have remained in a general area. Not such the case.

I immediately called the car shop and told them about our vibrating problem. The gentleman assured me that we could swing by and he could quickly take a closer look. I warned him quite a few times about our backseat rider, but he insisted he could handle our mess.

We arrived and the owner immediately got right in the van, not even referencing the smell. After popping the hood, he grinned. He then showed me a lose wire that needed reconnected. After a flick of his wrist, the cord was connected, hood down and all lights off. He then made a point to open the side door of the van, right into our mess and asked my kiddo how he was feeling.

We saw God, again.

In a moment of pure exhaustion, God knew who to send my way.

A reminder how He goes into my mess all the time.

He conquered my mess –

He even died for my mess.

When was the last time I willingly allowed myself to move into others mess?

[tweetthis]He conquered my mess -He even died for my mess. When was the last time I went into other’s mess?[/tweetthis]

 

When was the last time I asked God to stretch me way outside of my comfort zone?

When was the last time I trusted God more than my jumping, vibrating van to get me exactly where I really need to be in life?

This same gentleman even called later just to make sure we were doing okay. Yes, we found our new car garage and I was reminded that God works through real lives.

God truly uses anything to teach us more about Him – even jiggly minivans, vomiting kids and an auto mechanic.

This world is messy. Let’s get dirty and love by stretching-out until it feels uncomfortable – way outside of our minivan (still airing out I might add).

[tweetthis]This world is messy. Let’s get dirty and love by stretching-out until it feels uncomfortable[/tweetthis]

 

 

About the Author Bethany

I am an ICF trained Certified Professional Christian Life Coach (Christian Coach Institute Graduate), Motivational and Inspirational Speaker, mentor to women and an author. I am an author, blogger, ICF trained Certified Professional Christian Life Coach, Motivational and Inspirational Speaker and encourager. More than anything, I define myself as a child of God. I simply desire to use my passion for thriving (getting every single drop out of life) to inspire others. I have overcome disabilities (coloboma vision-loss, severe hearing-loss and a small right arm). I am a double brain cancer survivor. I use the story God has given me to move beyond what I am surviving and thrive in His promises. I enjoy being a wife to Steve for over 12 years and mother to three boys (ages 9, 7 and 4).

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24 comments
Candace says June 3, 2015

Oh what a day, Bethany! You have such a beautiful attitude, pointing out the sweet mechanic. I would definitely be focused on the vomit in my car. There is nothing like having to cleaning that up. All of us mommies have done it :). You are so right though. God really does use it all to teach us!

    Bethany says June 4, 2015

    Yes He does Candace! All of us moms have these days that lead us to believe we have hit the end of our rope, only to find God there! Thanks for the comment my friend!

Kristin Hill Taylor says June 3, 2015

We saw God, again. —> That’s a simple phrase, really, but if we really lived noticing the way God is in the details of our lives, we’d be different. Such encouragement here, as always. Thanks for faithfully linking up at #ThreeWordWednesday.

    Bethany says June 4, 2015

    You are welcome Kristin! And I love the simplicity yet deep ness of that phrase too! Great insight!

Donna @ Soul Survival says June 3, 2015

Bethany,

I love this post! Great spiritual points, but also great writing! I love your descriptions and who hasn’t been there with sick kiddos in the worst places. I hopped over from my website after I read your comment about my Bite Sized Theology post. I’m so glad I did. I hope you will consider adding your post to my Mondays @ Soul Survival linkup. I can’t wait to read more of your posts.

Blessings,
Donna

    Bethany says June 8, 2015

    Thanks Donna! You are so encouraging!

Carrie says June 3, 2015

Bethany, we could be situational twins. Your day(s) describe more of our family’s than I care to describe. It is because of the odd and inconvenient situations that we have found ourselves in, however, that we have been blessed the biggest and able to help those around us when faced with similar situations.

It’s all about perspective. Awesome post. 😀

    Bethany says June 8, 2015

    Carrie – I love that! Situational twins! Sounds like a great book title too!

Kim Adams Morgan says June 3, 2015

Bethany, God certainly did know who to send your way, didn’t he? It may not have turned out so well had someone not been familiar with kids. What an angel.

This reminded me of getting together with a girlfriend many years back when her kids were babies. We’d tried for so long to have lunch, but kept missing each other. We’d finally connected. Right in the middle of it her youngest hurls onto the tray next to where I’m sitting. Without missing a beat, I just kept talking. She’s apologizing and cleaning up the mess. I told her, “Friend, I have 11 nieces and nephews I’ve taken care of. I’ve been pooped on, peed on, puked on, and everything in between. Nothing bothers me.” We couldn’t stop laughing.

God certainly does put beauty into messes. Love your heart for God, Bethany, and your amazing story of rising above circumstances to what God can achieve with faith. Blessings to you. I’m also a Christian Life Coach.

    Bethany says June 8, 2015

    Hello Coach Kim! Great how so many can relate at just that perfect moment! Your story made me smile! I’ve been in that situation too…twice!

Susan Shipe says June 3, 2015

Goodness, Bethany – your days are sure packed with fun and surprises!!! I think anyone with kids/dogs/gremlins has done the barf-patrol-cleanup. YUCK YUCK YUCK. Buy some Febreze and leave the windows open. I hope your June is peaceful, calm, no-calamities! xo

    Bethany says June 8, 2015

    You are funny Susan! Actually used coffee grinds to absorb the smell…I’ll leave out the other details!

Anita Ojeda says June 3, 2015

I’m so glad that it was an easy fix :). And I’m equally glad that such a kind man was willing to ‘enter the mess’ and check on your kiddo.

    Bethany says June 8, 2015

    Anita – That guy was amazing! Even called later to see how we were doing! I was floored!

Gina B says June 3, 2015

This is true! Although the 4 or so months of our car being in the shop (with weekly phone calls of “it’ll be ready Friday” or “tomorrow for sure!”) have left me wondering exactly WHAT God is up to!

    Bethany says June 8, 2015

    Gina – That would be CRAZY!!! I couldn’t do months!!! That is a blog post for you!

Tara says June 3, 2015

Bethany, wow! I’m so glad it was an east fix that day. God does indeed show his love and grace through others, doesn’t it? So cool of the guy at the garage to ask how your little guy was feeling. And then to call again later, total bonus grace! Hope your son is feeling much better now. And I don’t think I’ve heard that Audio A song before. Thanks for sharing it!

    Bethany says June 8, 2015

    Tara – I LOVE Audio A!!! Their style is just what I love!

Nancy Silvers says June 4, 2015

I love your honestly Bethany and willingness to share all the messy details of your life!! This week I’ve been blessed to volunteer at a camp for children that are in foster care. They are not in foster care because they have had perfect idealic home lives. It gets messy sometimes but oh so worth it to see these nervous, not sure what’s going to happen next kids open up, have fun, sing, hike, dance and have 5 days just to be loved on. I’ve done it now for four years and it’s one of my favorite weeks of the year!!

    Bethany says June 8, 2015

    I hope to see a blog post about your camp week Nancy!!!

Alesha says June 4, 2015

What a cool story of God’s faithfulness!
Alesha <3

    Bethany says June 8, 2015

    Agreed! Thanks Alesha!

Somer says June 4, 2015

Hmmm…i have definitely had many of those scary are we gonna make it in this car experiences? 🙂 Recently we were able to put our rickety mini van out to pasture and I am finally driving a car that feels (i hope) reliable. Its been such a blessing. We also just finished (i hope) a fifteen day bout with sickness and lots of throwing up and airing out and cleaning out car seats. Wow. There is nothing like cleaning up or having to endure a car ride with vomit as a passenger. That is a mess that makes us all feel uncomfortable. I am always so blessed when people step in to help me with my kids. Because I am always at home with them and usually am the one solo taking care of all of them even at church because of my husband’s duties there I so appreciate when people step in to hold one or chase after the older two. This week I have tried to help out another mama with some of her responsibilities this week and you know what? I have had lots of extra energy. She keeps saying to me this week when I give her the kids back at the evening, “i know you are so tired.” But i have to nod and say, “i feel fine”. God seems many times to extra energize us when we are serving someone else and entering their “mess”.

    Bethany says June 8, 2015

    Oh I love that extra energy part Somer! Indeed you are a blessing!!!

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