GOD'S HUMOR FOR CHRISTMAS - Wink of the Week Our faith has really been tested this year. My husband had been laid off for a total of 8 months and, as a single income family, it's really put a strain on our finances.
Last week, my 2006 minivan started making a strange ticking noise. By the time I mentioned it to my husband, his response was "what do you expect me to do about it now?"
I said, "I just want you to listen to it."
He listened, grabbed some tools & returned a few minutes later to declare, "It's out of oil!!"
"What?! How can that be? I haven't noticed any leaks," I replied. We had a mechanic friend look at it who strongly suggested we take it to an authorized dealership as we had purchased an extended warranty and it was going to expire in 5000 miles.
To make a long story short, I was EXTREMELY upset to learn that my vehicle had an engine problem due to lack of oil & it wouldn't be covered by our warranty because it was an issue of neglect.
I'll admit it had been about 6 months since I'd had an oil change, but I huffed and puffed and let the service adviser have it with "both barrels". After simmering down a little, I realized there was nothing I could do, but fix engine and move on. Still, spending $900 on car repairs a month before Christmas, is overwhelming!
On the way to the gas station this morning, I reflected on my blessings. God reminded me that my situation could have been much worse. My family is healthy while we have a friend who struggles with daily dialysis and another whose baby boy just had his 3rd open heart surgery this morning. We have a roof over our heads, food in the fridge, clothes on our backs and our three daughters will have gifts under the Christmas tree. Seriously?! What is there to complain about?
I pulled up to the pump, swiped my gas card, and opened the tank. As I grabbed the pump handle, I noticed a message written on the top of it. I couldn't help but chuckle when I read DON'T FORGET TO CHECK THE OIL. God has such a wonderful sense of humor!â€ Thanks Kari. COMMENT? LIKE?