As we drive a small minivan, have a huge dog, and those pesky kids that take up so much room, we knew another vehicle would be needed to bring the stuff back to Madison so it can all be shipped together.
We looked into U-Haul, but it seemed kind of expensive, and the gas mileage is dismal on those things. So we asked my folks if we could use “the Lord’s van”. They said yes.
Now let me explain why the van has that heavenly title.
This van is a 1986 Chevy Astro van with either 243,000, or 343,000 miles on it. Nobody seems to know. My dad bought it long ago from one of those “donate your old vehicle and we will keep troubled youths off the streets by having them rehab it” organizations. I think he paid about $1000 for it. It’s a special van. The door handle on both the driver’s side and the back door are broken off and it takes pretty fancy finger work to reach in and find the little thingy that you need to pull down and out to open the door. The fan only works on high, so you get really hot in the winter and really cold in the summer. The paint is peeling, there is a bit of rust, the seats are threadbare. But the stereo is great.
One day, a couple of my aunts used the van to bring a load of furniture and other items to a home for women leaving abusive relationships. When they pulled up to the home, a gentleman came out to help unload and he said:
“I see you are driving the Lord’s van.”
My aunts said: “what?”
and he replied: “because God is the only reason that van is still running.”
So, since that day, we have called the van “the Lord’s van”.
But believe me, this is not done irreverantly. Oh no, we say this because it is true. This van defies all reason, it just keeps running and running. And I do think that perhaps this van has it’s very own group of angels assigned to it. To help it along, and protect those in it. Because God is good, and takes care of us all in ways we can’t even understand, and in ways we often fail to recognize. I am convinced that this van, in all it’s non-glory, is truly a testament to His goodness.