Dazzled with Grace

My family is taking a step of faith and moving 17 hours away from the rest of our family. We will be moving to help out a church plant and I will be doing some more bible schooling. A week or so ago, our only car, that is actually quite new (2011) had a check engine light come on. This car has two degrees of “check engine”. It has one that is the typical, get your car checked whenever you can and the other is “engine malfunction: service now”. Clearly the latter is more significant, and that happen to be the light that came on. Long story short, our car is out of warranty and it was going to cost a lot of money and a lot of time, both of which we don’t have right now.

We were confused, we weren’t sure whether or not this was a sign from God letting us know we needed to stay. We seeked him in prayer and I put a post on Facebook inquiring if anyone had a “cheap and reliable car for sale”. Yesterday I received a text from a friend, he wanted to give us their car. As I read the text out loud to my wife we started to tear up, God had provided in our time of need when it looked like everything was falling apart.

Very few times in my life have I felt this humbled. This entire situation reminded me of our salvation. We don’t deserve it at all, in fact we deserve death and eternal punishment for our sin. But God in his goodness and love has dazzled us with his grace found in his son, Jesus Christ.

Psalms 34:8 – Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!

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  • A. W.

    Thank you so much for this blog! The past 14 months have been among the most difficult in my and my husbands walk as believers. We’ve only been Christians for 4 years and in the past 14 months we’ve almost lost our house for the fifth time, had our old vehicle break down once, a/c went out, water heater went out, had a baby, traded in old truck for an older but bigger vehicle that has now broken down on us 2x (once leaving us stranded an hour from home), my husband developed a hernia 1 week into his new job, and recently (1 week ago) the service engine soon light came on in our only vehicle for our family of 6. Needless to say, we’ve been feeling pretty discouraged and like everything is falling apart. It seems like no matter how hard we try and do things the way we feel God leading us to, it doesn’t work and our situation gets worse. We refuse to resort to credit cards, we are a single income-homeschool family and life is tough. We’ve seen God provide countless times in the past 4 years we’ve been Christians, but we always wonder when His provision will “run out”, so-to-say, although according to His word, it won’t! Thank you for this timely blog, I find great encouragement in this! I even shared it on facebook and had friends asking if we were moving 17 hours away! hahaha. Thank you again :)

    • Stephen McCaskell

      Thank you for sharing all of that! I thank God for your faith and trust. I will pray for you and your family as you continue in this journey filled with mountains and valleys. Grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you!