The 24 Hour Van

We got a van!!! And God just dropped it in our lap, too!! Only God can drop something made of very heavy metal in your lap and it not hurt!! ๐Ÿ™‚ The day we were to move, we discovered that we had a teeny weeny bit of trouble in the communication department about the move when we discovered that we had 7 people and only 6 seats available to put them. Since leaving someone behind was not an option, we decided to go van shopping. We had less than 24 hours to get a van. I wanted to worry over it that night because it was too late to actively search for a van, and the next day was Sunday, our moving day!!

To add on top of the stress, the electricity went out just as we were getting the kids in their pajamas. Let me help you understand the situation we were in. We were not moving until Sunday, but we had already put all our stuff on the truck except for blankets to sleep on. We had no candles, matches, etc.!! Fortunately, we had a box of stuff we weren’t planning to keep, and guess what!! There was a flashlight in it. With a tiny flashlight in the center of the room pointing at the ceiling, we all got ready for bed and put down blankets to sleep on. Within an hour we were all camped out on the floor in one room with the windows open (no AC). As I lay down to sleep, I saw the good things about the electricity going out. First, Luke and I each had 2 kids with us when the lights went off, so there was no chaos in the dark. Second, there was nothing to trip over in the darkness because it was all packed! Third, I was able to find a flashlight while I was not tripping over stuff :). Fourth, and most important, I felt no stress over the van. It was like God was saying, “Tabetha, don’t worry about this. Don’t you know I have it all under control?”

The next morning, we went to church as usual and had lunch at church (They gave us a going away lunch! Wasn’t that nice?) Amazingly enough, we were able to find a van, check it out, and get a money order on Sunday, a day when such transactions are not easy!! We drove over to look at the van with money in hand, hoping we liked it. Fortrunately, my Dad is a mechanic and was able to tell us what to look for and test for in a used van. Thank you Daddy!! ๐Ÿ™‚

When we looked at the van, we were amazed by the seller. This was the couple’s first time to sell a vehicle, and they had all the paperwork of everything they had ever had done on the van, included warranty paperwork, and showed us the neat built in carseats and other usage information on the van. They were wonderful!! Needless to say, we took the van. It made it the whole trip without a single complaint the whole way. We had it checked and tuned up when we got to Rhode Island, and all it needed was an oil change!! That has to be a first!!

It is great to know that God takes care of us! He has proved His faithfulness once again as we followed Hiim to Rhode Island!! He is AWESOME!!

You are beautiful beyond description
Too marvelous for words,
Too wonderful for comprehension
Like nothing ever seen or heard.

Who can grasp Your infinite wisdom
Who can fathom the depths of Your love
You are beautiful beyond description
Majesty enthroned above.

And I stand, I stand in awe of You.
I stand, I stand in awe of You.
Holy God to whom all praise is due,
I stand in awe of You!

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