Tuesday, January 22, 2008

First, the Bad News...

Well, despite fervent prayer and the prayers of some of my friends, I got less than thrilling news from the mechanic today. Turns out my trusty ol' Saturn is sick. Really sick. As in take-apart, dissect-and-repair, and put-back-together-again sick.

Of course, this extreme surgery does not come without a hefty price tag, much more than I would normally consider paying for a ten year-old car. The rub is that without said surgery, my car is not drivable, and therefore of no value to put toward a newer car. So I am going to plunk down the mucho dinero to get my baby back in running order.

In the meantime, I'm going to be researching and shopping in preparation for making a car purchase in a few weeks. And my little month-long experiment of trying to limit purchases to only those that are necessary may turn into a more long-term practice as I adjust to (gulp) having a car payment once again.

I'd be lying if I said that I wasn't feeling bummed out and a little stressed about the situation. But I am trying to look on the bright side and be thankful. So here's the good news about this car situation:

-I am thankful that my car made it home last night and to the mechanic this morning without breaking down. It sure gave me a scare with all the shuddering going on, but it got where it needed to go nonetheless.

-I am thankful that this happened last night/today rather than tomorrow, when I have to head to a meeting in Birmingham. I would surely hate to have had car trouble on the road, particularly traveling alone.

-I am thankful that my parents live here in town and have a car that they can spare so I have good reliable transportation over the next week as my car gets fixed.

-I am thankful that I have money to pay for the repairs.

-I am thankful that I will be able to cut back on expenses to compensate for a car payment.

-I am thankful to even own a car in the first place. I tend to forget how rich I am compared to most of the world--truly, I have far more than I could ever need.

So even though this is not a pleasant situation, it's by far not the worst I've been through, and I know God will continue to take care of me. I do appreciate your prayers for wisdom in buying a car and adjusting my budget to accomodate payments.


Donna said...

In the Nooma "Rich" Rob Bell tells that only 8% of the world's population own a vehicle....we are indeed blessed.

Have fun shopping!

Snapshot said...

I hate financial crisis

Confessing Lunatic said...

Isn't it wonderful to know God is looking out for us especially when we don't realize it? How cool is it to realize that there was a reason that you felt urged to cut down on unnecessary expenses? Thank God for His infinite wisdom.

Jon said...

I got my truck @ auction through a contact of mine. If you're interested, I can pass along his info. You tell him what you want, he finds it.

best of luck to you!! (you do realize this was inevitable?)