Thursday night I was pretty busy after prayer meeting driving members to separate communities on the other side of Barrouallie, and then driving a family who were walking back over the hill.
I pulled in front of the church and turned off the car, only to realise that I didn’t pull up far enough.
I turned the key to start the engine….and it wouldn’t turn over.
I ended up having some friends give me a jump start in the morning, but thought it was odd since there was no reason for the battery to be dead. We ended up starting the battery and letting the car run for about ten minutes.
After that I turned it off, and tried to start the car again….
A bit of research that afternoon revealed that it was problem with my alternator since the battery itself wouldn’t hold a charge.
To be honest, situations like this are frustrating because my car is such an essential ministry tool. But the Lord did bless me in the tough situation.
- I broke down in front of the church instead of on the road in the middle of the night
- A friend who I trust was able to diagnose the problem with my alternator
- A replacement alternator can be purchased in town for a reasonable price (I will get it Monday)
- And the same friend who found the problem, will be able to replace my alternator for a cheap price
- The Lord even supplied someone who will give me a ride to get the part tomorrow morning!
The Lord does not promise us that hardship won’t come. But He does promise to give grace in that hard time. It may not always be easy to see the grace of God, but we can rest in the fact that His protecting hand always cares for us.