Last week I was sharing with you how my car would not start and how the Lord used someone to come get it started and I thought that was the end of the story. Well, today I found out that it would cost me more than the car’s value in order to get it fixed. I ended up donating the car to the Courage Center today. They will get it from the dealership and tow it to their facility. They will in turn fix it up and sell it to help their organization.
Now we are a one-car family. If we still lived in our old place in Golden Valley, it would not be a big deal because I could walk to work and we were fairly close to everything (church, bank, dentist, etc.) Now being 9 miles from work and church, it will certainly bring some challenges in our lives. For now, it looks like I will be riding Metro Transit to and from work, it stops right out in front of our apartment complex and stops a block from where I work..
I am conflicted in a couple of ways. 1) I do not want to assume anymore debt (car payments), but it looks like I will have no choice. 2) Part of me is thinking that a second car was merely a luxury and not a necessity, but if we did not have winter, then I could buy a bike and ride everywhere… Today the temp was -5 outside and going to be -19 overnight… not exactly weather to walk or bike in…
I am thankful that when the car broke down it was at the dealership and that we were not on the road somewhere when it happened. I am thankful that it did not happen while seminary was in session, that would have really made life difficult — seminary starts back 1/27, so I have some time to figure out what we will be able to do. I am thankful that I had the car for 7 years and paid it off early… I got my money’s worth out of it. The only bummer is that I just paid to renew the tags for another year… oh well… time to sit back and see how the Lord will work in this situation.
Please pray for us as we work through this situation… that we would have patience.