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RV (resurrected vehicle)

July 14, 2009

My family likes to camp.  Since our first year of marriage my wife and I have gone camping together.  In the early years it was in a large canvas tent that I had bought at a garage sale for twenty dollars.  Then it was a brand new two room tent that we used for years.  The boys had cots, we had an air mattress.  We had some good times, endured a few storms, enjoyed the outdoors, and time together. 

A few years ago we purchased a hard side, pop up, trailer.  It was (again) a garage sale purchase that was within our budget.  It was good to be off the ground.  By this time, the boys had jobs and were not able to camp with us very often.  We went out occasionally as a couple, and sometimes as a family.  Camping is still good, but it is a fair amount of work to set up the trailer. 

This past spring a friend gave us an RV.  The idea of course, is that the set up will be much easier.  The problem is that it is a 1976 that has not been used for seven years. (We think.)  It has required some attention.  Someone had completely redone the inside, maybe ten years ago, so it actually looks very nice.  It was fully functional, we were told, when it was parked.  Sitting for years however, is not good for a vehicle.  This one needed to be brought back to life.

The first three times that I drove it, I had to call for help.  Twice I was towed to my destination.  Oh well.  I have some friends who are mechanically gifted and they have determined to help me resurrect this vehicle.  

This past weekend was our first outing with the RV, which I have fondly decided to call the resurrected vehicle. (As opposed to “The Pit” that someone recommended!)  It went well, although I came away with a list of things that need more work.  Oh… and it took a short rest on the side of the road on the way home.  Apparantly getting all the way to the campground and back was a bit much.  It did start again after a while and the remainder of the trip home was without incident.

This vehicle reminds me to not quit, to not give up hope.  Even if things seem to die, there can be renewed life.  I believe in the resurrection.  I believe in new life.  I believe in the power of God to help restore what once was lost, to bring back to life that which was dead.  This is even more true in the life of people, than in the life of an RV.