Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. (Pslams 20:7)
Interesting that this cropped up in my twitter feed a couple of days after we put our own chariot up for sale, and the same week that I received word that negotiations (YT:t) were being held to discuss possible job cuts which had a small chance of affecting our team.
The plans I have for you
A few weeks later our faithful chariot has now found a new owner in Jyväskylä and I’m still gainfully employed with my current employer. With regards to the car, the new owner is a mechanic so he’ll be able to cope the Mondeo’s temperament! Interestingly, when the first text message came, I had a really strong feeling that he would buy the car. I would have more surprised if he didn’t.
I’m expecting some challenges in the coming weeks as we adjust to being without a car. Until we are able to save up enough money to take the sting out of loan repayments we’ll be cycling, using buses and borrowing Mother Duck’s sister’s car. Although the local shops are nearby, have a good stock and are open late, I’ll miss the “just hop in the car to get a carton of milk.”. I can imagine challenges such as rainy days going to school and work, sick kids needing picking up from school, multiple daytime time meetings for Mother Duck .. the list feels endless. Despite these I feel optimistic. If I take my faith seriously, and believe that God gave me a heads up that [buyer] was going to buy the car, I have to believe He’ll help us through the tough times until we get our next car. Sometime though, my faith waivers and this is my go-to quote:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
Which kinda brings me a full circle back to the first quite. I jus’ gotta keep on reminding myself that, in all the weirdness, there is a loving God who’s got my back.