It was a day or two before our Michigan wedding when my mom woke me up early.  “It’s your pastor in Cape Town,” she said, holding out the cordless phone.

My heart thumped hard in my chest.

Why would he be calling me from South Africa?

“Hello?” I answered, terrified of the news that may follow.

“I’m really sorry to have to tell you this,” he said, “but your car has been stolen.”

I’ve never been more relieved.

Not that the car was gone, of course, but I was convinced that someone had died.  In comparison, a stolen car was no big deal.



Photo credit: Ken Hawkins, Flickr Creative Commons

Photo credit: Ken Hawkins, Flickr Creative Commons

I had left my Jetta with a friend while we were in the States, and he had parked it on a side street one evening while attending a Bible study.  When he came out of the house, the car was gone.

This experience was one I look back on and see the Lord’s hand so clearly.  So much worse could’ve happened.  Someone could have been hurt during the theft.

Friends of ours graciously lent us one of their cars to use for our South African wedding preparations and the honeymoon road trip that followed.

Through what could have been a very negative situation, the Lord brought about so much good.

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He kept us all safe.  He provided for our needs.  And He reminded me that the car was never mine to begin with.


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The car was never recovered and the insurance payout was less than desirable, but it was one more opportunity to “give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thess. 5:18).  And we were grateful.


How has the Lord used a potentially negative situation to bring about good in your life?


This is Day 14 of 31 Days of Life in South Africa and 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes.  Have you been writing along with us?  What have been some of your favorite prompts to write about?  What did you write about today?