Thursday, October 29, 2015

Emergency Reaction Plan

Have you ever been in a emergency or minor emergency situation and the people you are with react in the worst ways possible? Maybe you have been that person!!  I've been there and I always think, "wow, this is an example of how not to react when the crap hits the fan."  I get it though.  When the crap does hit the fan, it is nasty, it is unexpected, it is unpleasant and often untimely.

About three to four months ago I was on my way to pick up keys for my new job.  Our little honda engine locked up and was declared a "boat anchor" by my car genius brother in law.  I immediately started praying and believed God was going to provide us another car.  I even got to pray over the police officer who stopped to help me off the road! He has a knee problem and we declared healing over his issues. When two months passed with no second car in sight, I felt my faith began to slide. 

God, I thought you were going to restore what was lost? Remember we really need two cars to get to work and pick up Ian from school?  
Lord, how am I suppose to get to work? 

Two weeks ago today, our family and a dear friend were traveling from Tulsa to Nashville to pick up a car that was going to be given to us!!  Amazing how God provides.  He restored what was lost and filled a huge need in our lives!! On the highway in Russlleville, Arkansas the axel rod in our van shot through and hit the transmission...totally ruining it.  The price of the repairs was almost the price of the van. 

I was immediately devastated.  I don't know much about cars, but I knew this was really, really bad and we were three hours away from home and even farther from Nashville. 

My immediate reaction was this:  Are we safe? Is Ian and our road trip friend okay?  How are we going to get off the side of the highway? Lord,  what are we going to do? 

I got out of the van to talk with Jordan about the emergency plan of action.  I  started praying in tongues immediately and crying and hoping I wasn't freaking out our road trip friend ;) I wish I could say all my emergency reactions in the past were to pray immediately, but this is not the case.  

I have realized over the past years I've been learning my emergency reaction plan.  I can either A) freak out and cuss a little B) try to figure it out on my own C) Pray and EXPECT the miracle provision  (I'm still working on not cussing a little during problems) 

Let me finish our story, there are some awesome little and big miracles weaved in and out of our journey.  

Thankfully, we broke down right near major exits.  Jordan's dad was able to give us phone numbers to figure out calling a tow truck, etc.  

  • The tow truck came in about 30 minutes so we weren't on the side of the highway very long 
  • Ian was 100% happy and safe 
  • A close family friend just happened to be about an hour away visiting someone in the hospital so she came and picked us up to get a rental car 
  • Our insurance is going to reimburse the tow fee--which was only $45...praise the Lord!
  •  Um, lets not forget we were on our way to get a free car!!
  • This dear family friend decided to pay for a rental car for us to get to Nashville. There was even money left over. 
  • The mechanic in Arkansas was a youth pastor and the other people working there were christians. This was encouraging as I was able to share testimonies to them of God's goodness 

So, let me ask you, what is your emergency reaction plan?  Here are some bible verses to encourage us and prep us for how to react with the crap hits the fan. We can be confident that He will be our rescuer and provider!! 

Psalm 84: 11-12  For the Lord God is our sun and our shield.  He gives us grace and glory. The Lord will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right.  O Lord of Heaven's armies, what joy for those who trust in you. 

John 15:16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.

Luke 12:24 - "Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!"

Matthew 6:31-32 - Therefore do not be anxious, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.

1 Peter 5:6-7 And God will exalt you in due time, if you humble yourselves under his mighty hand 7 by casting all your cares on him because he cares for you.

Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.

After we got back from Nashville, we were pretty discouraged. Yes, we just got a car, which was a miracle provision! But We were back in the same place we were before.   I couldn't help but ask God what he was up to.  Once again, I was asking God to provide a second car for our family or speak to us to get a car loan.  

I asked the Lord what to do and I felt Him say to rest in Him.  I rested.  What happened next I really wasn't expecting.  We got ANOTHER CAR GIVEN TO US!  Praise God!  I hope this is an encouragement to your life and builds your faith.  Work on an emergency reaction plan and I always remember the miracles, big and small, and the provisions God has given to our little family!

This clip of Havilah Cunnington speaking is great! She hits on the topic of when the lord speaks and getting through really well!

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