Friday, February 6, 2015

The Angels

On Tuesday, Liz and I woke up EARLY to get to the Guatemala City airport to fly to Dallas, to go through customs and immigration, to fly to Santa Fe, to drive to Taos. Five minutes before the Town of Taos limits, my car stopped working. I later learned that my alternator ceased to operate and that my car was running on reserve battery power--it felt pretty scary. The speedometer said we were going 0, even though the car was in motion, and the brakes felt jumpy.

We made it to the Ranchos Post Office parking lot, just inside the town limits. A kind gentleman there looked at the engine, heard the noise the car made when I tried to start it again and said the car was in bad shape. Mike and Smokey came to rescue me, and Liz's boyfriend, Jamison came to get her. The next day, with my car still broken down at the post office, I cried as I told my mom about what had happened. It's a straight-up miracle the car quit working when it did as opposed to 5 or 30 minutes earlier while we were on the windy canon road up from Santa.

Did I mention the post office where my car broke down is across the street from my mechanic Jaime? My mom and I talked about maybe not fixing the car, depending on how big the problem was, it might not be worth it. A few hours after telling Jaime what happened, the car was back up and running, he fixed it right there in the post office parking lot, no need to tow it. He didn't call me and give me an estimate or anything, he just fixed it. Perfect, given the option, I would have over-thought it, and it didn't cost that much.

More and more, I pray the Third Step Prayer: "God, I offer myself to thee to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of thy power, thy love and thy way of life. May I do Thy will always."

The angels are with me, and God's will, not mine, is working.

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