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Every car John and I have owned has pointed us to God, but at times, they’ve had the potential to do otherwise. Our first car (a mazda 626) had so many different issues, but right from the beginning we dedicated it to God saying, “This is Your car, not ours.” He held it together and every breakdown and issue (and believe me, there were a lot of them) was another test to see if we would trust Him to be faithful. He always was. On the other side of the trial we wished we’d been less worried and more sure of His faithfulness. When the time was right, He provided us with a newer car through friends at no charge. The subaru carried us through John’s senior year of college, Aria’s birth, and all the way up until we left for our India internship. The sale of it helped us to purchase our plane tickets. When we returned from India we needed another vehicle. John bought a Dodge Intrepid at an auction and it was a good car for the three months we needed it. We had to move to Scotland without its sale, however, and trust that God would bring along the right buyer to John’s dad who was holding it for us. It was sold with a profit of $500 more than what we’d paid for it. Its sale enabled us to pay our taxes to the IRS that we ended up owing for 2006.

Now Scotland. I didn’t want to own a car here and we made our way around by way of buses, trains, the rare taxi, friends, and our own two feet. However, for John’s new job working with Christians Against Poverty, a car was required. John went to an auction with three guys from church and came back with a wee red Citroen Saxo (a French made car). We hadn’t had the money to pay for a car, but the church took an offering for us and we were given £500 toward the cost: the car cost £675 in total. As the guys drove the car home they realized that the CB joint would need replacing. John felt a bit down, but I reminded him of how God had come through for us with our other vehicles so many times. John found the part for a really good price and he and his friend, Neill, had no troubles at all fixing it. But when they went to start the car the next day, it wouldn’t start. John spent most of his spare time trying to figure out what was wrong, but to no avail. He needed it to drive down south for his second batch of work training. After exhausting his knowledge and skill, it was decided that he would take it to a mechanic’s Monday morning. It was Sunday. John had to leave to drive south Monday at three in the afternoon.

It was at this point that I read Psalm 11 and I was struck by the words, “God tests the righteous…”. I felt like He was testing us, not only with the car troubles, but also with our tight finances. It had been the tightest month money-wise since we’d moved to Scotland. John and I determined to trust.

Monday morning, John pushed the car to a mechanic’s shop that was right around the corner and to his surprise, the guy who came to check out the car is a guy that John says hi to everyday as he passes on the sidewalk on his way to work. The guy checked a few things, tightened the alternator, charged the battery, and “Voila!”— the car roared to life! The mechanic didn’t charge us anything and John was able to drive the car down to Bradford (near Manchester) that afternoon. He returned last night and the car was still running well.

Just before he left I cautioned him not to take any money out of our bank account. “We only have £45 left in there and that has to cover our food for the rest of the month.” John had about £150 in cash with him to cover travelling expenses and the like. Yes, those costs would be reimbursed, but not until next month. We were trusting God to stretch our money. But we didn’t worry. We were going to trust God. He was testing us. On Wednesday as John was driving back from Bradford he called to tell me that the CAPs organization, after hearing of our tight budget this month because of the car and such, had decided to bless us with a cheque–a cheque for £750!

And I just want to testify to God’s faithfulness. He tests us, yes, but He comes through. He loves to come through.

5 Responses to “Tests”

  1. Charissa
    September 20th, 2007 14:01

    It has been a long time since I’ve read a story that brought tears to my eyes… until today. Thanks to God and those who Bless Him!

  2. Cari Dugan
    September 26th, 2007 07:11

    Hello Hello 🙂
    We are in a similar situation right now- having to trust God. You were a source of encouragement to me this morning. I love your writing Rachel. You really should write a book. I am happy that you guys are well.
    Bless you
    Love cari

  3. Jayne
    September 27th, 2007 22:24

    Looking forward to seeing you soon. We had dinner with the Simpson’s last night part of the “farewell tour” we have been on for two weeks. The Lord is faithful. Can’t wait to swap stories and hugs.

  4. Rebekah
    October 8th, 2007 21:20

    Hey Rachel,

    Praise the Lord for His faithfulness. God is good all the time. Thank you for sharing with the rest of us what the Lord has been doing in your lives. We love you and miss you. Rebekah

  5. Melanie Sheahan
    October 18th, 2007 13:20


    Thanks so much for taking the time to write and post pictures. You have been a source of encouragement to me and a model of good mothering. Thank you!!


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