Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Patience while Waiting to Get Home

It's Tuesday morning. I'm still at Belhaven. Each day I anticipate a call saying that my car has been fixed, and each day there is another delay. This morning I was told that the part they thought would work turned out to be completely wrong (the 1995 Geo Prism is hard to find parts for). They have ordered another part that should come in tomorrow, and will hopefully fix the problem. I'm praying that it is the right thing, but as I've gotten my hopes up each day only to have them come crumbling down again, I'm trying not to anticipate too much.

God is still in control, and I know that He still has a plan. I just want to get home! But, I'm learning to be patient and wait for His timing. Thankfully there have still been friends around with which to spend time, but each day more and more of them leave. The dorms will stay open until Saturday, but I'm praying that I'm able to leave before then. Most of my stuff has been packed in bags and boxes since Friday, yet there's no where to put it and I'm having to pull more and more things out to use as the days pass by.

It's hard not to get discouraged. It's hard to want to be home, to have nothing planned and no way to get anywhere without a car, although friends have been helpful in offering things. I wonder why this has happened, but I know that God's still in control. He does have a plan in all of this, and I'm asking Him to use me in the ways He has planned for me. These delays are revealing to me just how impatient I can be sometimes!

I would appreciate your prayers that the part they need will come in early tomorrow, that it will be reparied quickly, and that this would indeed be the solution to the problem. Also, please pray that I will learn patience through all of this, and be a blessing to those I'm around here.

*Edit* Things change yet again... I will be going home tomorrow, Lord willing. My dad is going to leave at 7 a.m. to come and bring me home. If my car gets fixed in the morning, I will call him, and he'll turn around and go home. He's wanting me to get home so that I can spend more time with Elijah (who has a very limited number of days until he goes to Iowa for his summer job) and so that we'll be able to go as a family to the Hart's house, where we've been invited to for tomorrow for a few weeks now. Dad decided to come on his own accord - I tried to dissuade him, for it seems a bit expensive and time consuming for him to drive up, when my car will probably get fixed tomorrow, and if it doesn't, we'll have to drive back later to pick it up. But, he still wants to do it. It seems a bit crazy, but it will be nice to get home.


Luke and Michele said...


I'm so sorry that you are having to wait. I know the feeling of wanting to be somewhere and not being able to get there! Even though we know God is orchestrating the situations, it is hard to be patient in the midst of waiting.
I'll be praying for you! Let us know if you need anything!

Ella said...

Look on the bright side....maybe if you had traveled when you planned, you would have gotten in a car wreck or something! =)

However, I know how hard it is to wait for something you really want....like my meeting you in person.....but our Lord knows what He is doing and it will be just right at the appropriate time!

Elijah Lofgren said...

Dear Anna,

> It seems a bit crazy, but it will be nice to get home.

Life is NOT about saving money. :) ;) :8)

e.g. Me driving to Jackson and back so that you could meet Marlana wasn't thrifty, but it WAS worth it. :)

I hope to see you soon! :)

Love ya,


damask-rose said...

That's nice of your Pa! How much he loves you!

Luke and Michele said...

Praise God you get to go home!!


Mrs. Anna T said...


An unrelated note: I just noticed I'm still listed under "maidens" on your sidebar. Could you please move me to "ladies"? Thanks!

Happy homegoing to you!

Anna@Domestic Felicity

Anna Naomi said...

Mrs. Anna T: So sorry I haven't moved your link earlier! I try to keep things updated, but somehow overlooked yours. Thanks for alerting me - I have changed it.

Blademonkey said...

"...the 1995 Geo Prism is hard to find parts for..."

If you have the chance to change to a Civic, try the mid to late '90s, not the hatchbacks, you will appreciate the trunk space. If you do the DIY fixes, the parts are plentiful from the dealership to various pull-a-part type places, plenty of forums dedicated to the upkeep and/or tricking out of these cars will help keep it alive for a very long time. Yes, get a manual transmission, long life, good to excellent fuel economy and decent performance in stock form.

My '89 Civic hatchback presently has 300k miles on the chassis, had a new(er) engine from a '00 Civic about two years ago. Will get about 300~310 miles per tank, can be fixed by a guy with a basic set of tools (that's me). With proper maintenance it should last another 150~200k miles easy.

Hate to see somebody stranded because of a busted car and hard to find parts......

Good luck.