Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Car Troubles

Don't you just hate car troubles! A couple of months ago we bought our daughter a 08 Pontiac Vibe. Her previous car was starting to have problems. It was her first car as a teenager and she had beaten it up pretty good, I mean bad. Since she is away at college, about 4 hours from our house, we were starting to worry about her being stranded so we bit the bullet and bought her another car. So, like I said, she's had it a couple of months and about 2 weeks ago it started to have problems. The battery began to loose it's charge so we bought a new battery but the problem continued so we took it to the mechanic to have the alternator replaced. That didn't fix the problem so she took it back to the mechanic. He told her the alternator was bad and replaced it again. Again, it was loosing it's charge. So the mechanic changed the alternator again, with one that "was the top of the line". With a prayer on our lips and fingers and toes crossed, we hoped and prayed it was finally fixed but later that evening our daughter called and told us "the car won't start again"! That night my husband got on line and researched mechanical problems with the Pontiac Vibe. In his research he found that the car is still under warranty so we had our daughter take it to the dealership. They tested the alternator and said no problem there; after several hours the verdict was the radio amp was causing a power drain so they disconnected it. She's taking it back to the her mechanic tomorrow to fix the problem. It's been a roller coaster ride through this entire saga. I'm hoping the problem has been found and solved.

During times like this it's easy to loose our peace of mind. All those little, and big, worries rush in and consume our thoughts. It's hard to concentrate on anything else. It would be easy if it were only for a couple of hours that we felt eaten alive by our worries but sometimes it can go on for days and maybe even weeks. Meaningful words spoken by friends and family help temporarily but then we are right back to our worrying. It's like a faucet constantly drip in the middle of the night. Drip.... Drip..... Drip. It wears us down to the point of exhaustion. Honestly though, the thing about worry is that most of the time, what we worry about never happens or doesn't happen as badly as we thought it would. It has taken a while but I am learning to trust rather than worry. To trust that God will cause things to work out, even if it doesn't work out like I thought it should; to trust that He will use it for a greater good. To trust that God knows exactly what He is doing and the outcome will be favorable. The thing about trust, is that it brings peace, peace of mind; peace of heart. If you are eaten up with something you have been worrying about, try to trust that God will work this out for you. Trust means to stop striving, fall back on Him and find that He will catch you in His everlasting arms of mercy. I sometimes tell myself "there is nothing I can do about this, nothing I can do to change this situation", it's God's time to shine in this crisis and do what He does best, work out what I can not possibly do. Til next time ~willa~

3 comments:

countercrafts said...

What a beautiful post Willa! You are so right about us worrying...and it usually isn't as bad as we thought it would be. So glad to see that you are posting again. Missed your "words of wisdom" so much! Take Care and God Bless! Donna

TheCrankyCrow said...

So very well said Willa - worry truly is the opposite of trust - and a colossal waste of energy. I love your perspective and your words. Hope the car issue gets resolved quickly though - so not fun....Hugs & Blessings ~ Robin

Carol said...

Good words of wisdom Willa that you and we all should follow. I worry too much myself at times and have to remind myself this very thing. Trust in the Lord. Best wishes for your daughter:-)
Hugs~Carol

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