Thursday, November 15, 2007

Living in the country - why we are a 3 car family

Where we live, 3 car families are rather normal... and this is why:

Last weekend Mary went up to Hakodate. She drove her car to the Ferry terminal and left it in position ready to pack her sister and baby into it in time for a mad dash to catch the fellowship hour at Hirosaki on Sunday night. (Except, of course, Mary never makes mad dashes anywhere!)

I got up VERY EARLY on Saturday morning I picked up a car load of students and drove down to Morioka for a KGK Seminar. I got back late Saturday night and felt so rotten that I skipped Messiah practice on Sunday so my husband and I were actually able to share a vehicle on Sunday!

Meanwhile my husband went into Hirosaki just before noon on Saturday for a Bible study and then back to Aji to continue his other work. (I forget what that was since I wasn't here.)

Some KGK Students

Its actually pretty usual for there to be as many cars as there are drivers out here in the country - sometimes more!

But most of my colleagues live in apartments in big cities - often they don't even have to buy fuel! - and they use public transportation. Sometimes I'm not sure they understand my Jehovah Jireh dilemma. Sigh... At times like this I'm glad for a few Ebenezer stones.


John O said...

I think more of them would understand than you think. At least the British ones will find when they go on HA that they are in your situation (more often than not!) Certainly the Orrs did and, while I am sure they are glad they are back, I bet they also miss having room to swing the proverbial cat!

Laurie Elliot said...

You know, you're absolutely right, John. Its so tempting to think "I and I alone am left!" But as Paul reminds us in 1 Corinthians 10:13, our trials are pretty common!

Mine are actually pretty small!!!