After being here for 3 1/2 years, I am still learning new words in Spanish. On Saturday I learned the words for "broken head gasket". I am a kinesthetic learner, which means I learn by "doing" as opposed to hearing or reading. Based on what happened on Saturday, I won't forget these words for a long time!
I had been in another town about 5 hours from my house, looking at houses to rent for the Children's Home. I didn't want to drive alone so a friend of a friend (Oscar) came along with me. I felt a little silly, but 2 1/2 hours into the drive my fears were realized. My car overheated and died.
I stayed inside the car while Oscar went to get water for my poor little overheated car.
I learned after the fact that you don't put cold water into a hot radiator. Oops.
At this point I still had faith that we would fill it up with water, then drive along on our merry way. Ah, ignorance is bliss.
I didn't take any more pictures after this as I was too busy trying not to cry in front of this poor guy who had just met me 2 1/2 hours earlier. I was stressed out to say the least! But God was watching over me and although it was a really bad day (it took a very long time and some interesting transportation to get home), I made it home safely and my car is getting fixed as I write this. And a car is just a car.
It did happen to die about 50 feet from a mechanic shop where the owner happened to still be there (they usually close up shop on Saturday afternoons) and he had lived in the U.S. for 25 years. At the time I was hesitant and distrustful (mechanics in Canada can be bad sometimes, here it can be worse) but I thank God that He let the car get that far. I don't know what else I would have done had that shop not been nearby.
So keep praying for me! Every once in a while I have an experience that reminds me how much I covet your prayers for safety. I know He is watching over me and my life is completely in His hands.
But I tell you, I'm not travelling alone again for a very long time! :)