It started when our friends/in-laws (our son is married to their daughter) suggested we camp together at Brown County Indiana. They really love the state park there, but when we looked for a camping spot none was available. They really wanted us to see the place so they found another campground close by.
It seemed like a nice place. We got there when the sun was just starting to set.
We stepped out of our vehicle and were surrounded by mosquitos and other insects. We backed into the wrong spot and had to move over to another one. After my husband was in the right spot, he thought he would adjust the camper so that it was more leveled but when he tried to put the car into gear, nothing happened. It was like the gear was loose and it wouldn’t go into a gear.
He contacted AAA, and after upgrading our policy, someone was out to tow the car the next morning.
We realized that now we had a camper with no car to pull it. My husband contacted a friend and the friend contacted a friend who volunteered to drive the 2+ hours up and back (for a total of 4+ hours) to bring us back home. We found out, though, that AAA also has a policy for campers, so we upgraded our policy once more.
Our camper was towed this morning.
We thought about the fiasco of the past couple of days. Some would call it “dumb luck,” or “bad luck,” but I think we were just simply “blessed.”
Why? The state park is huge– our camper may not have made it to a camping spot, but the other campground is smaller. The gear was stuck on “Park,” so we had no worries that it would roll down the hill. We had “plant-based” insect spray that actually worked!
Our car could have broken down on the highway as we were driving to Brown County, or it could have broken down in the middle of the campground as we were checking in. Instead, it broke down after we backed into our camping spot.
We could have broken down while it was just us—my husband, my son, and I—how would we have made it back home without a car? If we rented a car, it would have cost more for the rental since it would be “one way,” but our car broke down when our friends were with us. They were able to drop us off at our house.
Even though our plans did not turn out the way we had expected, God knew everything that would happen and made an alternate plan for us— we were still able to spend time with our friends.
“…I tell you not to worry about everyday life… if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you… So don’t worry… Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need” (Matt 6:25, 30-31, 33).
God is so good!