The jeep was given to us about 3 years ago. We put some money into it (new brakes) so Shiloh could use it in college. There were always problems with it, though. Of course that is the way with an older vehicle. Our thought was that if it's been well over 6 months since the last time it was at the mechanic, and the bill was never too high, then that was cheaper than monthly payments of another car.
We got the '95 jeep in MI. It had rust. Shiloh drove it back to MI for college at Cornerstone. She drove it to South Carolina for summer ministry work. She used it for a year after that working as a sub in the schools and then at the vet clinic.
Then Shiloh got married and gave us back the jeep.
When Shalisha came home from University of Kentucky (UK), she decided she would leave the Sebring and take the Jeep. We told her we were going to sell the Sebring if the jeep was what she really wanted. She was happy.
When at UK, she called and said the jeep didn't work, we did the eye roll thing and deep sigh thing. Nate drove up for a day to try to get it started because Shalisha was saying it was the battery and the people who were helping her there couldn't get it working. Then the doors locked. Nate couldn't get it open. The automatic locks and alarm system had shut down. We called Shiloh about how to get into the jeep. Nate also did some research on the computer about this jeep and the disarming of the system. He didn't get the jeep running that day. It was a frustration. Shalisha would have to get rides to her job or walk the two miles until we could come back again.
About a week-and-a-half later, we drove back to UK to work on the jeep. After doing more research he got into the jeep, (there is a certain way you turn the key in the lock), and putting the battery charger on it for awhile, it still did not start.
In the end we decided to have it towed to a garage to have it fixed. We balked at the price. $950? Whew. We prayed about it, we talked about it and in the end thought it would be cheaper that route to have it fixed that to go out and buy another car for her. (The Sebring had issues too). Shalisha was thankful. The jeep was working well again.
Now the call came that the jeep was stolen. Ya know...I hope the thieves have trouble with that jeep. I hope they do something to make the jeep lock down like it did for us. Is that vengeance? Righteous anger? Whatever it is, we realize we need to leave it all in the Lord's hands. He knows all about it.
Now if you could pray for us that God would supply as we pay for the 950 bill and then get the Sebring fixed for Shalisha. At least it was not sold, for we had it on a trading post site, and a couple people had called about it. Now we are heading off to the mechanic to get it fixed this morning.
"...God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we ask or think..." Eph 3:20
This part of the verse has been going through my head for the last 24 hours. There are good reasons to memorize verses, and one of them is so they are on your heart when you need them. God is good all the time - even in the hard times. To leave it with the Lord is the best thing to do? Yes.