Would a motorcycle wreck cause you to question God’s goodness? Let’s add another layer. The motorcycle is your only transportation – for your entire family! Let’s add in the fact that you suffer some injuries. Oh yes. And your lack of transportation, coupled with those injuries, keeps you from doing your job. And maybe I should throw in the last thing: you have no insurance of any kind. Now, what goodness is there in God allowing you to have that wreck?
Goodness: More Than You Can Ask Or Imagine
I have been blessed to see many things that verify the truth of Ephesians 3:20-21. Our Father really does do exceedingly and abundantly more than we can ask or imagine. It just might not appear that way to us at the front end of the story. And that’s why I’m writing this post.
My opening scenario is exactly what happened to a friend, Pastor Ramon. Some of you knew that. Our Facebook page has pictures and video of the end of this story. But what led to that happy ending is where the real lessons lie. Because God’s goodness was at work in a motorcycle accident.
Goodness In Following
Word of Ramon’s accident reached me about ten days before our mission team left for the Dominican Republic. I know him and I know his culture. So I knew the implications of the events. My immediate reaction was to help. That’s part of the nature of Kingdom Citizens. And I followed the Lord’s leadership in getting some help for Ramon. We didn’t have much time to round up funds, but several of you responded. I thank you. And if you watch the video you can hear Ramon thank you. But the story is bigger than that.
I had one idea in mind about what help would look like. Our Father’s idea was much bigger and much better. We came in from teaching on Tuesday. The first order of business was lunch. Our next task was to go motorcycle shopping. I won’t say the prices went up when the Americanos walked in because I knew to let my Dominican friends do all the talking. But our presence didn’t help our hunt for a bargain! And to be honest, that exercise was encouraging and a little discouraging. My idea of the project was definitely going to take more dollars. Even so, team members volunteered to pitch in if necessary. And so did my local friend who was helping us shop. But we didn’t rush in. I had learned what I needed to know and we put our search on hold.
Goodness In Helping Hands
This ministry functions on helping hands. That what the new membership website is all about. The circle of hands can never be too large. But more about that later. Late Tuesday I had finally had the opportunity to bring Pastor Pedro into the hunt. He had some ideas (as I knew he would). Pedro knew of a motorcycle that was not being used. He promised to inquire and he followed up on that promise. And by Wednesday afternoon a completely new picture was unfolding.
We were going to be able get this gently used motorcycle for a song. That would be a praise song! So our available donations were going to be able to do more. I was having thoughts of flour and oil and didn’t run out. As I noted in the beginning, the motorcycle functions as the family car. And sometimes we need more transportation than we have. Ramon has a teenaged son of driving age and his wife also has a need for transportation. Many of you know the transportation coordination challenge.
My assessment of the wrecked motorcycle was not to fix it. And that signals the rest of the story. We sent the bargain cycle to the shop for some minor repairs. And we even had some things done to it that weren’t actually necessary. It came back in tremendous shape. The last touch was to run in through the local ‘carwash’. Yes, they have detail shops for motorcycles! The clean up took 100 pesos which was the second-best bargain in this story!
Goodness: Over And Above
By Friday the story was complete and we truly had another example of more than you can ask or imagine. Ramon got the motorcycle. And you can see his surprise and delight in the video. When he came into town Friday night, he got the rest of the story. The money I had left was just enough to fix his wrecked motorcycle. Now, his was a two-car family! All of that became reality because our Father was at work in a vehicle accident. Think about that.
How often do we encounter some challenge or difficulty and just bemoan our bad circumstances? The Father hasn’t changed. And I’m not saying every difficulty ends like Ramon’s. But if Romans 8:28 is true (and it is!), God will work your circumstances together for His glory and your good. He is a good Father and He can do nothing less than that. And if you put the Romans and Ephesians passages together you see He is at work to do the most good possible, not just enough good to get by! And that is the last part of this story.
Ramon’s family was blessed. He was able to drive that motorcycle to do a funeral on Friday morning and then come to class a little late. And God has used Ramon’s story to encourage YOU. Your next difficulty might not be the dark cloud it first appears to be. So, when it comes maybe your first thought shouldn’t be escape. You might make a note-to-self: Pray this prayer when difficulty comes…
Father, please let me see Your goodness in this difficult challenge.