Yesterday was Sunday and I had church in my car while I was listing to the top 30 countdown of the hits of this week in the year of 1997. Who would of thought that you could connect with God listening to TLC, Arosmith, Whitesnake, Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, and their contemporaries. I was on the road all day! We started our trip from CA back to where we live in Oregon at 7:23 am. For most all of the trip I was following the truck in the photo above. My husband was driving it back home after we bought it from family.
Music has a way of taking you back. As I drove I remembered parts of my life in the decade of the 90's. The memories spanned from heart break to great joy. But what I think that God wanted me to really focus on what was right before my eyes. I was focusing on his provision the whole way home.
My middle son is soon to turn 17 years-old. That late 90's baby needed a vehicle to drive so he could step into the next phase of responsibility and growing up. I had been praying for a car or truck for Drew, but didn't see God answering it with a yes. After having dinner with my sister-in-law and brother-in-law I could then clearly see that God was at work behind the scenes. The truck once belonged to my husbands uncle and then it belonged to his niece. Our niece had friends that were selling their truck and she bought it, which put hers up for sale. My sister-in-law tried to sell in on criagslist.com in their area but it didn't sell. She posted it on facebook and my husband saw it. He was more willing to buy from family knowing that the truck had been well taken care of. Other things happened in our life around here that opened up the opportunity to buy the truck. God was at work, but I couldn't see all the parts and pieces that had to transpire to get to this point.
As I looked at the back of this truck for about 8 hours, listening to 90's on 9 on Sirius XM, God made it very clear that I had before me His provision. And then as the songs keep playing and I was reminded of times of my life in that decade I remembered another thing that I had prayed for long ago in the early 90's and God provide that too. Jeff was an answer to the prayers of my younger self. I was able, with the aid of those songs, see that my husband had worked so hard and provided so much for me. This thankfulness welled up in my heart, because I could clearly see how faithful Jeff has been and that I was very blessed to have him.
Sometimes marriage can be bumpy, and a woman can wish for romance and butterfly feelings again. The thing is, like the lady who owns the quilt shop in town said to me Friday as I was there to buy thread to work on a baby quilt on the trip to CA, "Nothing is perfect." She of course was talking about quilting, because I was sharing with her about my frustrations over not getting my quilt blocks just so. But her words resonate with me. The truck we got wasn't perfect. The truck is a 2000 Chevey and has been used for many things, it has dents, a little rust, and could use a paint job. The man I married isn't perfect, and the woman he married isn't perfect, and our marriage has a few dents and scratches, a few rough patches, but like the truck, it runs pretty darn well!
So church in the car while listening to 90's hit music was pretty cool. God was teaching me that he always provides, he has blessed me with a husband that has loved me and worked hard so I could in turn love him and the kids and work hard for them. Also, I got to enjoy some of the amazing beauty of God's creation. As I had a view of a majestic mountain that was snow capped I was reminded of Mount Sinai and the Isrealites. God made food come down from the sky for them! Amazing how God provides.
So I leave you with this question, what are you needing, and have you asked God to provide?
I'm first a follower of Jesus, a wife of 25 years, a mom to three boys, a baker/cook, a photographer, a friend, and a writer.