If you follow me on any of the major social media sites, you are aware that recently the bus got into a bit of a wreck. I’ve been trying to compose my thoughts about it for the past three days so that I could fill you in on what has happened. You deserve to know the whole story.
It started off as a routine, ordinary day. The big black bus that we travel in was headed to Rushville, IL and our first Christmas concert of the season. It was about a 3 hour drive, which isn’t so bad if you’re a traveling performer, and we were just killing time until we got to the church.
Well, on a two lane road, about an hour out from Rushville, the Ford F-150 in front of us descided to turn off. Well, he slowed down too quickly and didn’t turn fast enough. Dad swerved into the left lane to avoid hitting him, but unfortunately, he was turning left. Long story short, the right corner of the bus caught the back of the guy’s truck doing about 7 miles per hour.
On impact, the ford truck rolled foreword and into the grassy ditch so that the bus could get out of the left lane to free up oncoming traffic. No one was physically harmed in any way, but both vehicles sustained some decent damage. As it turns out, the guy whose truck we hit was actually lost; he saw a side road and was going to pull off to find out where he was.
Well, the ford didn’t have any important damage. Sure, his tail end was crumpled like a useless scrap of paper, but he could drive the truck without any danger. However, the bus was hit in the right windshield and it shattered, also on that side is the door. The hinges for the door were slammed in so now the door does not close. Other minor injuries to the bus were sustained, and the short story is: we have to find a way to get around while the bus gets repaired. We can drive it as is without any danger, but when it goes into the shop, we’ll have to have some way of meeting our engagements.
For the moment, the bus is still operational and at least mostly safe. A shop in Wisconsin is sending a driver to pick it up on Monday and we will have to find another way to get around by then.
It’s going to be another van and trailer situation… These are beginning to happen so frequently that they almost feel normal.
So, in essence, this post is one gigantic prayer request as well as a simple update about me and the family.
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In light of the crash, the first crash in the 19 years my family has been on the road, I see two things more clearly. One thing is that the protection of God is all around this ministry, He is watching and caring for us. The second thing is that this bus is determined to fall apart in our hands. If it’s not one thing it’s another, nothing works as we’d want it to all of the time. But, that okay, God knows and he cares, if it’s His will, He can take away these physical annoyances and frustrations. But we’re called to a ministry, that means that we need to sensitive to the needs of others. If our lives were perfect, we couldn’t relate, we wouldn’t care.
God has a purpose in everything that He does. Sometimes that purpose is hard to see, but it’s always perfect, and it’s always for our good.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the calledaccording to his purpose.
As always, thanks for reading.
–the anonymous novelist