God IS good all the time, but we are especially grateful to have discovered that the transmission doesn’t have a serious problem. Dad drove to Kansas City first thing this morning and bought a set of transmission filters and brought them back to John who installed them. It quit drooling and all seemed well. The transmission specialist at the shop never heard of such a thing being fixed by replacing the filters but we thank God for a friend who shared with us a similar situation.
YET, we discovered a badly leaking seal on the drive axle and that does require a visit to the shop. However, just when they were about to leave for the shop, a truck pulled in with replacement windshields for the defective ones that we had been shipped previously and tried to install (they were oversized). Dad, John and Jesse, were able to take care of both windshields before rushing off in the bus to the repair shop.
At the shop they discovered another seal on the same axle that needs to be replaced. That was an answer to prayer. We pray that the Lord will show us problems before we leave instead of finding them on the road. Now, we are praying that the work is done right away enabling us to have the bus back so we can continue getting it ready for the trip. They are going to work hard to fix it before Christmas (and need I say the girls will definitely make some fresh cookies for the workers)…
It is no surprise to us that issues such as these are happening, as we approach the two week mark to leaving. In fact, usually, thing after thing happens in the few weeks before we leave on a trip, some small and some large. Daddy encourages us to keep our focus on the Lord, not to let things trouble us, and to press on! We know Satan doesn’t want us to take these ministry trips, and he does everything he can to thwart as we prepare. No one enjoys a “trial,” yet the Lord uses them for His good in our lives as we learn to trust Him more.
“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory” (2 Corinthians 4:17).