Thursday, April 3, 2014

Just Metal and Paint

When things happen that are outside of my control, I panic a bit.  My head starts swimming, my heart races, logic jumps ship, and I inevitably launch myself into panic mode.  And that's just in the first five minutes.

I'm working on it, really I am.  My husband insists that I have made huge improvements in this area over the past couple years, but sometimes things happen that are so unexpected that I can't help but feel a bit shaken.

I think this counts.


I was driving to church last Wednesday morning to meet up with my wonderful ladies in the Mom's ministry I attend.  Two of my three sons were in the van with me, happily singing along to the Frozen soundtrack.  We made a left turn onto the street the church is on and soon after the turn, the right lane was closed off due to construction.  I was in the left lane, but there were two cars over in that right lane with their turn signals on beginning to make their move to merge into my lane.  I hit my brake to slow down to allow them in and I immediately felt the impact as a pickup truck slammed into the back of our van.  Thankfully the cars in front of me were not so close as to create a domino effect, but the noise combined with the force of the collision had scared the living daylights out of the kids.

Praise God the kids were only frightened and not hurt.
Praise God that I was uninjured as well.
Praise God that the driver of the truck was uninjured, kind, apologetic, concerned and amiable.
Praise God for the quick response of the police and fire department whose primary concern was the well-being of my children.
Praise God for my friends from church who drove by the accident and launched into action to come rescue my kids from the van, bring me coffee, and pass around a card of encouragement.

It's only metal and paint and that's all that was lost.  Praise God for his protection on that morning.

As you can imagine, it's been a frustrating week since the accident.  Dealing with the insurance claim, initiating the estimate and repair, obtaining the rental vehicle, waiting for the estimate and then negotiating with the claims office once the van was deemed "totaled," the pressure of starting to shop for a new van when our budget was really not expecting it.

It's a lot.

So please bear with me as things are a bit quiet over here.  I'm elbow-deep in printouts from Autotrader and CarGurus.com since we have about a week to find and purchase a van.  It's also taking a ton of energy for me to keep my anxiety from taking over and to try to keep my anger from flaring.

Praise God for a mother-in-law who sends me a text at the very moment I need it, encouraging me to read Psalm 37.

We are safe.
It's just a van.

And we are so thankful.

10 comments:

  1. So glad you guys are safe! I'm praying for the Lord to continue watching over your family, and that He will FILL you with His peace.

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    1. Thanks Jenny! When I think about how much worse it could have been I am totally convinced that God was protecting us. So thankful we are ok!

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  2. I'll throw in an extra Praise God for posting this the day I am struggling with a car that is broken (again!) and struggling with the decision of repair vs new vehicle. Psalm 37 it is.

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    1. Isn't it cool how God works? Hope you are able to hang in there through the frustration to make your decision. I can't tell you how much Psalm 37 helped me. :)

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  3. 2014 has been a year of car troubles for my husband and I. Every week since January 1st one or both of our cars have been "under construction" for one issue or another. I understand your feelings of being overwhelmed. I pray that God will grant you peace and will bless your finances in more ways than you can imagine. I pray He leads you to perfect car, the kind and helpful sales person and the right price for your budget. May this opportunity be a blessing to you and your family!

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    1. Aren't car troubles their won category of frustrating? Ugh. I realized it falls under the umbrella of "first world problems," but it's so annoying. Thank you so much for your encouragement and I hope you find that same peace!

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  4. Glad you are all OK - I was just thinking about you today because I received my first Stich Fix and need advice! Making the car shopping adventure a fun one - what else can you do!!

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    1. Love hearing about a new Stitch Fix! What did you get?

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  5. Prayers your way! My husband just got in an accident a few weeks ago, so I feel your pain!

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    1. Oh no! Was he ok? So sorry you had to go through that. Thanks for the comment and encouragement!

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