Friday, November 30, 2007

The Aftershock

It has been two days since the big bang and unfortunately the reality is setting in. I am sure that having only one car isn't going to be too big of a problem. I am sure there will be times when it becomes a hassle, but for the most part we have done this before and know how to get around with only one vehicle.

The car will go to a good cause. We will be donating it to the Kidney Foundation. Right now the car sits outside our house, parked the wrong way on the street and snow is threatening for this weekend. We will need to get the dead dinosaur off the streets for the snow plows to come through. And our homeowners association freaks out at any vehicle parked for more than 24 hours in one spot.

I told Harold that this situation is funny in every way, except financially. And right before Christmas too. But, it won't effect Christmas because actually we will be able to drop the car from our insurance and be $15 richer this month as a result, however the van is more of a gas hog so that $15 will probably go to the gas tank. So all in all, a wash.

I guess what I am trying to get to here is that I am not too worried about us, but I am a bit bummed out, and I know Harold is too.

Do you ever feel that when you pray for something that you have no right to pray for it? There are children suffering all over the world from hunger and disease and here I am, sitting pretty, never hungry-not really-and can afford to make my copay when someone gets sick. I haven't really talked to the Lord about our current problem because I feel like it is so trivial, so materialistic. I am embarassed really to bring it up. So I haven't. But I have thought about it.

Then last night during our missionary meeting when I was supposed to be paying attention my selective attention deficit disorder kicked in and I grabbed Harold's scriptures to take a look. The book opened to 3rd Ne 13:31-34.

"Therefore take no thought, saying "What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? For your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you. Therefore take no thought for the morrow , for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself."

Here is what I got from this scripture: I have what I need, the Lord sees to that. So, if he feels we need another car, there will be a way. If not, then we make do with one. And that's okay.


Juliew8 said...

Jeanna, You amaze me. I don't know what I would do if we had only one car. I guess we'd learn some bus routes. I just admire that you have such an amazing attitude. We all really are so blessed.

Holley, Dane Brien & Wesley Berry said...

That is one of my very favorite scriptures. I too have been so blessed and lately it seems like all I do is complain. I really need to start focusing more on others and serving Heavenly Father and then the rest will take care of itself. You and Harold are truly amazing and I am so grateful to you for your spirit and example.

Brittany said...

what a great attitude. i think you're very right about recognizing what is a need and what is a want. i read what you wrote on Matt's blog that when you're full of gratitude you can never be angry. and how true that is. it seems like your heart is full of gratitude - seeing as how you were able to make light of the subject. thanks for being such a great example to me and helping me remember the blessings i have in my life.

Abbie said...

Good attitude Jeanna! It's a good reminder. It's not that we can't ask for it but in the end it's important to know that we will be provided for. Sometimes I freak out and forget that... thanks for the reminder.