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When the Trailer was Found

Featured / April 15, 2008

Several weeks ago, David was telling the church about how the police had found our stolen trailer.  The lock hinge on the door had been cut, a wheel well was ripped up and one side was all scratched up.  Inside the trailer it was devastatingly empty.  Nothing left but a few plastic flowers strewn on the floor of the trailer and some cigarette butts.  On top of all that, we had to pay $175 to the towing company to get it out of hock!

Our first reaction was one of outrage, why should we have to pay to get our stolen stuff back?  All right, all right, I know, someone did work and we need to pay them, but it seemed unfair.  I mean really, someone comes, steals our stuff, trashes it and then decides to just leave it along the side of the road.  How frustrating.  We don’t even get a new trailer out of the deal!  As far as the insurance company is concerned, we have our trailer back, they will pay to fix it, but that’s it!  We have to take back and fix the ruined, nasty, non-working trailer!

Then it hit me so sharply, the irony of the whole situation.  We too were stolen away by a master thief as old as the dawn of time.  Deeply wounded, scratched, crippled and devastatingly empty, we were found and returned to our owner, for a price.  A much higher price than $175!  How grateful I am that God did not look at me and think, “Wow, I wish I could have just gotten a new one.  I don’t really want to repair and heal this empty, broken girl.  She is way too messed up!  It would be so much easier to just start over fresh.”
I thank God that He is willing to make all things new, even when we ourselves give the thief the key, even when we are stubborn, even when we hesitate to accept our release.  He is willing and able to heal our broken, empty, trashed lives.


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Anne Milam




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9 Comments

on April 17, 2008

Glad to hear the trailer is recovered! Have Dave give me a call for the best and least expensive trailer repair guy in Concord.

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on April 23, 2008

I was very disappointed with your billboard campaign . . . I found it very unGodly and a misrepresentation of what Jesus is really about.

Proverbs 6:30 Men do not despise a thief if he steals to satisfy his hunger when he is starving.

Luke 6:29 If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic.

on April 23, 2008

Dave,

Your video on youtube was incredible, and helped me understand the Gospel in a new way. Jesus came for the sick, not the well. Keep up the good work at your church.

God is being honored.

Peace,

Neil

on April 23, 2008

What an incredible way to view such a disheartening situation. I hope you guys have people coming alongside you during the process of reeling from your loss. I will be praying for you guys. Keep doing to Lord’s work!

on April 25, 2008

I enjoyed talking with you yesterday, Anne. We should try to get our families together sometime soon.

on April 25, 2008

hey brothers and sisters of kinetic…

I think that God has moved for your body of believer’s, allowing you to suffer as James would say; to count it all joy. Your billboard campaign probably envoked more thought about God to the unbeliever than hundreds of sermons ever could!

If me and my family move down to NC, near yall, we would love to be part of a healthy body as your own!!

May God bless you in this little bit of suffering…

on April 28, 2008

It would be funny if they stole it again!

Go get your shine box preacher

on April 29, 2008

Hey Dave –

My name is Butch Whitmire and I am the pastor of Creative Arts at Granger Community Church. Your video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eL-LU0pxBhU&feature=related was amazing. I showed it to Rob Wegner, one of our teaching pastors and we agreed it would be helpful to show to our people. If you are cool with that, we would love to have a copy (quicktime files are good for us, or we can do DVD) Either way, we would be happy to cover costs or we could trade you one of our videos. We could use it as early as this weekend.

My email is bwhitmire@gccwired.com or feel free to call me at the church 574.243.3500 x 389. Thanks and take care.

– Butch

on May 2, 2008

Hey Dave

I’m Greg – I was at Westview Christian before I left.

I wanted you to know I was keeping up with the trailer saga. Is there any thing you need that we could help with?

Just wanted to do something more than, “Hey, we’re prayin’ for ya’.”

Together for the Kingdom

Greg



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