It was time to turn off the radio. The lights on the dash were dimming as we drove onward into the western prairie. We were headed toward the other edge of Nebraska, and a campground family gathering somewhere we had never been before. Somewhere we didn’t quite know how to get to. But even in our newlywed existence, we were pretty sure we could recognize alternator failure. My baby-faith was rushing in where angels might fear to tread, praying miracles over us like thunder. In the meantime, we were conserving electricity by nixing the tunes and the A/C. The summer night was humid and the darkness thick out on the country road.
Our alternator (and the angels) got us as far as a convenience store near the campground. Out where cellphones had trouble reaching, we explained our situation to the clerk and called collect again to our Heavenly Daddy. It was only a few minutes later that our nephew walked in with his buddies. He must have been surprised at our excitement to see him, and then our commandeering their car to drive us safely in. We weren’t. We had been expecting God to make a way.
The lights are dimming down on our time here in Omaha. It’s time to forsake Craigslist in favor of the Goodwill drop-off drive-thru. If you stop by our house, odds are we will try to give you something. We just got all our official documents to apply for Costa Rican residency, and the suitcases are filling up. We don’t know exactly how it will look to get from here to there—closet/cabinet status is improving but not yet empty, our house is still waiting to meet its new owners, our monthly funding is at 56%—but our faith is driving on. We know God will make a way.
Be strong and courageous! Don’t be afraid or discouraged. . .for there is a power far greater on our side! We have the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles for us! 2 Chronicles 32:7, 8a