I had been coveting a bigger vehicle. Crazy, I know, especially with the price of gas lately. My husband kept reminding me that we don’t need a bigger vehicle. The four of us fit just fine in my Ford Taurus and when we take a trip, all our stuff fits just fine in the spacious trunk. Still, I thought bigger would be better – especially when we have family visit and we have to take two cars wherever we go, or one of us ends up squished in the back seat with the two kids in the car seats. It would be nice. But he’s right, we don’t need a bigger vehicle, and we especially don’t need a car payment. Still, I found myself searching mini-van listings online, scheming ways to get one.
Then on Sunday night, my trusty Taurus started to stall on us. And then the dreaded red “check engine” light came on. We spent Memorial Day at home. I ventured 1 mile down the road for hot dogs and watermelon in The Narrator’s car, but my car sat in the drive way all day, taunting us with that red light and the unknown of a repair bill. Engine trouble can be such a big unknown – from simple tune up to big bucks repair. We distracted ourselves by doing projects around the house that we already had the supplies for.
I suddenly found myself sheepishly repenting of my covetousness. How could I have been so ungrateful for a car that runs just fine, has incredibly low mileage for being 10 years old, and not to mention was a GIFT from my dear sweet Grandma two years ago when she bought a new car? I guess sometimes I learn contentment by nearly losing the source of my discontentment.
Tuesday morning rolled around and the car stalled on the way to the shop. I tried not to nibble my nails all day while The Narrator waited for the call. And when the verdict did come? Praise God – it only needed a tune up and some flushing out. Minor repair, minor bill. But BIG thankfulness on my part. No more looking at vans. No more wishing for something bigger. And next time I end up squished in the backseat, rather than dreaming of something bigger, I’ll be thankful that there is room enough for me and two car seats.