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Huber Family

Monday, May 13, 2013

Special Guests

Yay, the Huber kids have arrived in Scottsdale!  Joni, Kristalyn and I were so excited to see Katherine, Brenton, Benjamin, Kaylianna, Christian and Justin pull into the hotel parking lot about 6:00 pm Sunday evening.  We were anticipating their arrival on this past Friday night but circumstances beyond their control delayed them until last night.  The account of their delay is what I would like to share with you as I apply it to the thoughts I shared in my last post concerning Ps 57.   David's circumstances in Ps. 57 were life threatening and traumatic so I don't want you to think that my situation is to be equated with David's but I was able to apply some very important truths to a situation that was on the surface very troubling.  If you remember, David rejoiced and exalted the Lord in the midst of distressing circumstances and that is what God is trying to teach me.  Here is the latest on His work in my life.

I first need to take you back to the year 2002 when our family had moved from Loves Park, Il to just north of San Antonio.  We were able to purchase a very nice used 1997 15 passenger van off ebay.  This was an amazing vehicle and served us well for over 9 years when it suddenly and unexpectedly became unusable.  We went for over a year using our other vehicle which could only transport 5 of us at one time.  We had the option to not go anywhere together or take two trips.  Then on Thanksgiving Day 2012 the Lord used some dear friends to provide for us a van that would carry us all. Well, 8 out of  9 is really close.  We have been so excited to use our 1999 Honda Odessey van over the past 6 months.  Joni says it is the perfect car for her.  We had to do some repairs and get 4 new tires for the kids to come and see Joni for Mother's Day and all was well when they pulled out of Floresville on Friday morning at 5:00 A.M.  After 2 1/2 hrs on the road, Katherine called to inform me that the car was broken down on the side of the road.  I was able to call some dear friends (wow, can't believe the gifts God has given to us in the way of friends) who came and rescued the kids and had our car towed to the nearest town.  Later in the day I was informed by the car mechanic that the transmission was junk.  All of a sudden discouragement began to flood my heart and mind.  I had just spent $2000.00 getting the van in "perfect" condition not just for the trip but for prolonged use and now it had a failure that quite possibly would cost more than what the car is worth.  On top of that the kids would not be coming for a much needed visit having not been with us for 6 weeks now.  I usually look at these circumstances as simply beyond my control so there's no since in getting too upset,  but that is not how God wants us to look at them.  He wants us to rejoice and give thanks in everything for this is His will in Christ Jesus concerning you (me). 1 Thess 5:18.

Thank God I have a wife who is my helpmeet to see the truths of Scripture and apply them. First, the van was a gift from God freely given.  Second, the $2000.00 that was spent to get the van fixed was also a gift from God freely given.  Third, my kids were safe and in the loving care of friends.  Fourth, the car is towed off the road and in the safe keeping of a mechanic.   Fifth, another dear friend offered to get it back to Floresville which is 2 hours away.  Sixth, a rental vehicle was provided so that the kids could still come and be here.  These are just the huge, obvious blessings that surround this "bad" situation.  Believe me, I am far from immediately dropping to my knees and praising God for these times but I am learning.  What if God was protecting my children from an accident, or storm, or encounter with some unseemly characters?  What if God wants to bless me with transportation beyond my dreams?  What if He wants me to empty myself of all expectations?  What if He wants to make my way impossible humanly speaking?  What if He wants to make some people needy so that others can give? Think what life would be like if we never had opportunities to meet the needs of others through our time, our caring, our resources? This I know, God wants me out of the way to do His perfect will and it is not going to look like what I would design.  Do I still have questions about what our family will use for transportation when we get home? Yes, God does not want us to sit idle when there is something we can do.  He doesn't want us to neglect our responsibilities and still expect Him to pour a bucket of blessing on us.  You know, He even does that at times because of His grace.  What a great God I serve.  Can you imagine a world where every Christian rejoiced and sang praises in their personal prison?  Then we truly would be peculiar in a better sense than what we are now perceived to be.

I hope you will come along with me as I try to apply the precious truths of our great Guide, the Holy Scriptures.  Love them, embrace them, apply them and never leave them.  The next time it seems the world is crashing down, remember God is the Sovereign Lord over all and He doesn't need to use a "good" thing to bless us.  We are blessed in all things.  We just need to use a different set of eyes.  And now I think I'll go down to the hotel pool and see my healthy kids swimming and laughing and enjoying the blessings He has granted.

3 Comments:

  • At 1:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Rick, very powerful, insightful, Spirit-filled testimony and exhortation! Thank you. I needed it greatly.
    Praying for you, Joni, and the kids. Much love to you all,

    Kenny

     
  • At 4:59 AM, Blogger Paul and Vicki Young said…

    I got another chance today to read your blog. Thanks for keeping us so updated. It's easier to pray.
    God bless you in this.

     
  • At 2:51 PM, Blogger Jae Gunderson said…

    “...the car was broken down on the side of the road.” - I could only imagine how afraid you were especially that you knew your kids were there. Thankfully, nothing bad happened to both them and the car. Also, it's a good thing that it happened somewhere where you have friends nearby and a transmission center that could take care of your car.

    Jae Gunderson @ AustinEagleTransmission.com

     

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