Friday, December 15, 2006

The Test

So I shared a few weeks ago how we had decided to be more consistent about our giving...
Right before Thanksgiving, we were told we would need a new battery in our car. A few days ago, I took the car in and the mechanic told me that it wasn't our battery, but our alternator that was having problems.
After some research, we discovered that an alternator would cost around $350-$400 to be bought and installed...$400 we didn't have.
Tracy called me crying. "After you got your check, the first check I wrote was our church contribution. I just don't understand why this is hitting us now!"
After mulling it over some more and talking to some family and friends, we took the car to the dealership so that the professionals could look it over and give us the official diagnosis. I was praying the whole time, "Please God, let it be a wire or something!"
The mechanic came back, "Well, it's not your alternator. Your alternator is charging fine. It looks like your battery needs replacing though."
Thank you, God! We can afford a battery.
By the way, we are happy to say that we had decided that the check was going in on Sunday, no matter what.

1 comment:

Shane Coffman said...

"I just don't understand why this is hitting us now!"

Satan doesn't want you to follow through on your commitment. So, he'll use batteries, alternators, or anything else he can manipulate to tempt you to put off starting, in hopes that your giving never takes hold.

Kudos to both of you for resolving that, no matter the outcome of the car, you were ready to give. That takes a bunch of faith. God grins from ear to ear and says, "Have you noticed my servants Franklin and Tracy?"