“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with the surging.” Psalm 46:1-3
January 1st, 2016– Day three we awoke to below zero temperatures (-16 to be exact) and a delicious continental breakfast. While I finished my food, Brandon headed out to crank the car up so that it would be nice and warm when we started driving again. THE CAR WOULDN’T START! Jumping it didn’t work, the fuses looked fine. We were stuck. Thankfully, we were able to get a tow truck fairly quickly but, we knew that no garages would be open since it was New Years Day. All we needed was a warm garage for the car to be in, in case lines were frozen (which was our hope.) After a tow to Walmart, a new battery, our car being pushed back out into the parking lot, & still un-repaired; we checked the fuses again and found that one that had given us trouble before, had blown. A quick drive down to the car shop and a $4 piece, we were back on the road…for now. Feeling relieved to be done with this ridiculous issue, we were ready to finish our final day of driving.
The day had other plans for us being that 70 miles down the road, the car started behaving very strangely. It wouldn’t hold a gear and was lurching along down the freeway. We happened to be driving along Battle Mountain, NV which had only two exits for the town and Brandon quickly pulled of on the last exit for 53 miles. With no shops open since it was New Years Day, we were stuck. After a tearful call home and lot of prayer, we settled in for our unexpected night in Battle Mountain. Again I have to praise my husband for taking the initiative to figure out how we were going to make it the rest of the way to California. We believe that the Lord is our provider and we knew that in this situation He did not disappoint.
At this point, we knew we would not be able to drive the car the rest of the way to California. Our next thought was to get a moving truck and a trailer for the car to complete our last days drive. Battle Mountain had a small moving company with a handful of trucks and two car trailers. A town of about 3600 people had what we needed!!
January 2, 2016-The next day we walked to the Western Union located in a casino where we picked up money that my parents transferred us. We then drove our jumpetty car to the rental store (which was also a home goods store) and moved our things into the 20 foot trailer (which our belongings took up maybe 5 feet of the trailer). The cost of the truck and trailer rental was almost exactly the amount that my parents gifted us! We got our car on the trailer and with a deep sigh of relief, pulled out of town. We were determined to make it to our new home day four, no matter what time we got in.
Day four consisted of slow driving since we were towing a trailer with our car on it. Despite the insane hiccups that kept delaying our travels, we knew that today would be the last day of the travels and once the hard feelings wore off, we would have an amazing story to tell. We hit bad traffic coming through Donner Pass and fought our way into an overcrowded gas station (which added about an hour to our travel time and had my anxiety through the roof.). Finally, at about 12:30 in the morning, we made it to our new home.
In reflecting about our travels, even just the next day when we woke up in our RV, we knew that while the issues we faced were incredibly frustrating and our plans didn’t turn out as we expected, that the Lord helped and guided us through the whole thing. Our car could have broken down on the freeway, miles between towns, but it didn’t. We broke down at the last exit for 53 miles. When we had no money to make it from Battle Mountain to California, my family was able to loan us some money to make it the rest of the way. Money that the Lord provided for them. We had so many people praying for us and on our behalf. Most importantly, we knew that the things that were happening were not punishments for our decision to move. God wasn’t challenging us or testing our desire to follow His leading on our lives. Sometimes, bad things happen because we live in a fallen world. The enemy will try to slip us up when we are working for the Kingdom of heaven. The jobs we accepted that brought us to California would directly impact the Kingdom since we would be working for a Christian organization that allowed us to introduce students, chaperones and guests to God and his amazing creation. We would be able to pay back the money we borrowed, fix our car (eventually) and the hard feelings would slowly fade away. What wouldn’t change is our devotion to the Lord and knowing that the Lord is our provider and comforter in hard times.