“Can you take 2 refrigerators and a washing machine back with you to Mae Hong Son?”
Strange questions like the one above often come at me and usually they’re the type of questions where the answers are always, “yes.” I don’t want always want it to always be “yes” but because of who is asking and the relationship I have with them, I literally cannot say no.
Yesterday morning, I went early in the morning to renew my driver’s license (new one doesn’t expire for another 5 years! Yay!) and was back ready to have the appliances loaded onto my truck by 9am. Within two and a half hours of loading and shifting and strapping things in and down, it was determined that I couldn’t safely bring all three appliances with me to MHS. So after a quick phone call, it was decided that only one of the fridges and the washing machine would come with me. I felt MUCH better about that load. Even still, there were a few points along the way where the washing machine rocked a bit and I kept picturing it falling out and tumbling down the hills out of reach and recovery. But it didn’t topple out, thank goodness.
I actually didn’t do much except watch and take pictures.
The other thing I ended up doing before I left Chiang Mai was buy a hydraulic pump for my truck – just in case of a flat tire. I’ve been fortunate so far that I haven’t had to deal with that on the long journey, but one of these days it’ll happen. B went to a local garage for me and bought one (only 250baht!!!) and a long pole thing that you need to release the tire underneath my truck. So I’m well prepared. Then I received various lessons from the 4 guys who helped load everything about the best spot to put the jack, and then they even went and found me a piece of wood to use in case the ground was sandy or not even or something!
I’m thankful how the Lord looks after His daughter like this – providing help in various ways and through various people. When I woke up yesterday morning, I was a tad stressed, to say the least, about driving back that day. I had no idea how it would turn out – how He would arrange it all and provide all the help that He did.
“The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” (Deuteronomy 31:8) Amen.