There are days when everything seems to go swimmingly, then there are days that...well...don't. You know what I'm talking about.
Cal and I took my to get an oil change and tire rotation. We have a very dependable, trustworthy mechanic. This was a routine visit.
After leaving my car, we had to run home to get our tax papers. The dreaded day of tax preparation had arrived! However, in the short time of us running inside to get everything, Cal's car decided to stop working. Of course, because we just dropped mine off. And of course, we were in a hurry. His dad was nice enough to loan us his car for a few hours.
We headed over to our tax appointment. "But Sterling, don't you know you can do taxes yourself online - FOR FREE?!" Yes, I know this. In fact, it's what I've done for the past decade. However, after plugging in our EIGHT MILLION (6) W-2s, I decided a professional might be able to save us from the impending doomsday of tax season. Alas, she was not. Do you know what happens when most of your W2's reflect that NOTHING was taken out? Ooooof! Also, because I started a business in 2014, I wanted to make sure things were being done properly. In the end, Uncle Sam not only put his hand in our piggy bank, but his elbow, his shoulder, and his whole torso. Ouch.
Leave tax office. Get call from auto shop. In addition to the oil change and tire rotation, my car also needed a new part for the gas tank. (Don't ask me, I don't have a clue... All I heard was "money money money.") Fortunately, our mechanic worked with the manufacturer to cover the cost of the part. Whew!
Back home to Cal's car. While we were gone, his dad tinkered with his car and determined it was a problem with the battery. We called our mechanic, he had it towed to his shop. Both of our cars would stay the night.
I don't tell you any of this to make you feel sorry for me. In fact, Cal and I spent the majority of our day laughing. HOW ridiculous that ALL of this could happen in one day! It's certainly the most expensive day I've had in a long while, maybe EVER, and when you're trying to buy a house in the near future, it hurts a little...okay, a lot. I'm sharing this with you because the things I look to during these times are far more important than the challenges themselves.
What do I look to? I look to God's faithfulness. My constant prayer is that I am grateful to Him in good times and in bad. After getting over the initial, emotional shock of the tidal wave of costs accrued in one 4 hour period, I asked God to let me be thankful. I know there are going to be many more challenging situations in my future. I'm choosing to look at this day as practice for how Cal and I will handle them.
"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28