If you read yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, you'll be aware that I drove my van on SONday.
I went to worship with my church family. For this, I praise God!
Just so you know, my driving on my Lord's Day, was not the first (1st) time since January. The first (1st) time was actually last Friday evening.
That's right! But, there's something you need to understand.
Last Friday, I decided I needed to do something. Prior to me having surgery, a friend had returned to me not just my fold up mattresses, but also the covers they had misplaced and couldn't find for quite a while.
At that time, I had removed the covers and washed them. After re-installing them into the packaging, I wasn't able to return them to my van, where I normally store them.
If you saw my apartment over the past year, you'd know how I am feeling rather fed up with being overcrowded.
You see, with the balcony repairs going on, anything/everything normally stored out there, has been stored inside my one (1) bedroom apartment. This includes a couple of deck storage boxes, plus sign frames for work, and more.
So, with these large couple of fold-up mattresses, also taking up room, I decided last Friday to move them out to my van.
Please understand, for you or anyone else, they would be rather light to carry. For me, they feel heavy. And, I am not supposed to lift, or carry anything.
Knowing this, I decided to place one on top of a short cart on wheels that I use for groceries, usually.
When I went out my door, I ran into a couple who live on my floor. They were shocked to see me dressed and trying to hold onto the mattress package, sitting on the carrier.
The husband asked if he could help me. The wife insisted he needed to. I let them know I had thought I would have to make two (2) trips to my van, because I had 2 of the packages to take there.
Instead, they had me to get the other mattress package. And, the husband carried them both, saying that they were really light, but a little awkward, due to their size.
I was so very thankful that God had provided help for me.
I thank you, my neighbours/friends, for helping me. May God bless you!
After placing the large packages into my van, my neighbour left me at my van.
Believe it or not, after checking things over, I began to return to my apartment. But, then a thought crossed my mind.
It had been four (4) months since I had driven. My van had been parked a very long time.
So, I did an about face, and went back to my van. I climbed in and started it up.
I recalled after a previous surgery and not being able to drive for a while, that my van sort of seized up. I was hoping it hadn't happened again, but unfortunately, it had.
After letting it run for a few minutes, I placed it in drive, and proceeded to pull out of my parking space. It wouldn't move.
I gave it more gas, and it began to shake, and I could hear my tires spinning.
It felt like the emergency brake was on. It wasn't. To make sure, I placed it on, and then shut it off, again.
Nope. No movement.
I decided I had to place much more pressure on the gas pedal. Then, it began to move, shaking and stopping/moving in a jerking motion. Like it had done previously, after it had been parked for a long time.
By the time I got to the down ramp of the parking garage, the noise was so loud that it sounded like a police siren was sounding off.
Approaching where I could stop outside, I tried to reverse my van, and slam on my brakes to try and re-set the Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), that I realized was the problem. Yes, it had seized up my van, once again.
Why this happens whenever my van sits too long without being moved, is beyond me. Only God knows why. And, I was grateful He helped me.
As I began driving on the roadway, there was no further screaming from my van. And, I had no trouble driving!
I drove to the nearest store. This was about a five (5) minute drive from where I live.
In the plaza parking lot, I once again reversed, giving it the gas. Then, I slammed on the brakes, which should have re-set the ABS. It did!
For this, I was truly thankful! Hallelujah!
After all, God once again, provided for me.
Not in the way many people would think of. But, God's Word, the Bible, tells us that Jesus did many things for those who believed upon Him. Even some things that we cannot read about.
Just as we read in John 20:29-30, "Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
30 And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:"
I praise God for blessing me and helping me accomplish my goal. After all, I am one (1) of those people referred to, who have believed, even though I have not seen.
Thank You, Lord! Thank You, for doing for me, what no one else could.
Thank You, for providing the help I needed, that I received from my neighbours/friends.
Thank You, for helping me drive, using a pillow between me and my seat belt, to protect my gut and provide some pain relief.
Thank You, not just for helping me that night, but for all the help and love You've given me, throughout my life. Including this major physical ordeal that I've been suffering through since September 2012.
I will always honour and glorify You!
Until next time...
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