The problem centers around our 1998 Ford Windstar van. It has had a service engine light on for a long time, at least a year. However, as we have had recently confirmed, to repair the problem takes a new intake manifold. However, Ford does not make that intake any more. In 1999 they totally changed it. Junk yards don't have it, nor do other after market places. To compound the situation, the emissions test is due.
Well, we gave up getting the van fixed. We began to discuss getting another minivan. Well, just yesterday I couldn't get the van started. Nancy and I agreed we would not spend any money on it anymore. I jumped it to get it running to the service center. They checked it out, and said the issue was corrupted battery terminals.
Later, when I was driving it home from work, I noticed the service engine light was out. I was happy. I wanted to get it to the emissions when I could. So, that evening I went thinking God may have just given me a miracle. Again, a however. However, once something is done to the battery I learned, it takes the computer of the vehicle about a week to adjust. So, I did not pass or fail my emissions test.
Then, wouldn't you know it? Nancy drove it to work today and the light came on. Now we are back to our problem.
Life has ups and downs. I am not disappointed or discouraged, because I did not have a miracle from God. A lot of my story involves a lack of understanding of how vehicles work and of the rules and regulations. Isn't that true in a lot of life? Our problems get compounded with a lack of understanding. God is faithful. He will either heal our van or provide a new one. Either way, God is good.