Tuesday, August 9, 2011

A Real Joy Buster

Have you ever experienced a time in your life when you were flying high full of joy one day then the next something comes along that completely bursts your bubble and you end up feeling totally deflated? This is what I call a joy buster.

I had one of these real joy buster moments this past Sunday. I wanted to take our van somewhere so I could practice getting Faith in and out of it and to make sure I could do her tie-downs correctly. We were in the Healing Rooms parking lot when I got her out, showed her they were closed (she really wanted to go that day) and then upon getting back in the van discovered it wouldn't start.

Thankfully, I had a cell phone with me and was able to call Rob to come and get us. On Monday we called VMI, the company who put in the electrical system to make it accessible. We thought something might have to be reset or there was a safety feature we didn't know about. VMI gave us something to try and I was full of hope. But it still wouldn't start. Then we had some guys from Great Plains look at it and they weren't sure what it was. They tried to jump it in case it was the battery but that didn't work. Rob then drove to our mechanic's shop and he suggested it might be the starter. Friday is the earliest we could get the van in.

It is still sitting in the Healing Rooms parking lot. Tonight we all went there for prayer. We even prayed for the van. Upon looking under the engine, a friend of ours on the Healing Rooms team noticed there was a 2003 battery in there which is odd considering the vehicle is a 2006. As I type, Rob and Bob are taking out the battery and Rob is going to take it in to be tested tomorrow.

What a complete joy buster to have finally gotten a van only to have it not working just three days later. But at least it happened in a good parking lot and at least I had a cell phone with me when it happened. It could have been much worse!

Is the devil trying to steal your joy? Keep the following scriptures in mind:

The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy; I (Jesus) have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10

Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. Psalm 42:11

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