God’s timing is so reliable. When He gets involved in our situations where we need help I usually don’t realize it until after the issue is resolved. When I do, it is like someone fired off a cannon and I wake up from a trance and realize the reality of the situation – God intervened on our behalf. It happens so much and so often that I could write a book on what He has done in our lives.
We recently needed a car, because our van, with 280 thousand miles on it, started having issues. It was time to buy another car, but we had a very tight budget and, I believe a very unrealistic requirements. My wife and I decided to spend less than $8,000 for a car with less than 30 thousand miles and a clean title – no accidents. If you go to AutoTrader.com and do a search that meets this criteria, you will find very few, if any listings to choose from.
We did find a 2000 Toyota Corolla with 30,000 miles on it and under our budget. I believe it was a stick shift. We were very close to buying it, but at that time I was looking for work. So we waited, even though we believed a deal like this wont come around again. Having owned a Toyota, we knew this car would last a long time.
When I got a job, which itself is another divinely orchestrated affair, we needed to buy a car, because our van broke down on us over 2 hours away from our home. We had to leave the van, borrow a car, because the rental places were closed, and had to buy a car that week. I was very skeptical that we would ever see a good deal, and were going to have to settle for a high mileage beater. I was distressed, but we prayed and we counted on God to see us through.
Towards the end of the week we still didn’t find a deal and we needed to return the loner car that coming weekend. Then I receive an e-mail from my wife while I was at work. It was for a 2006 Saab, with 29,000 miles and under our budget. I figured she was joking with me, because I would never buy a Saab. I have seen Saab’s broken down on the side of the road, and that was enough to turn me off. But Brenda owned one before and loves Saab. So, no, she wasn’t joking. I looked up the 2006 Saab for reviews, and this was the only year that the Saab got a high reliability rating score from Consumer Review and Edmunds. I also asked my pastor, who owned a 2006 Saab, and he had only good things to say.
I figured there had to be something wrong with it, it had been in an accident. Brenda thought the same this so she purchased the CarFax. It had no accidents and one owner. Wow… this is getting pretty good. After work, we went to the dealer, and were the first people to see it. The dealership, Armen Chevrolet in Ardmore, PA, got the car in the day before, and had just posted the ad in AutoTrader.
When I approached the car, I fell in love instantly. It is a sport edition and an arbor metallic green, a beautiful subtle but outspoken color. The salesman, Chris, pulled the car out and I got in. We were inches off the ground and I could feel the surge in me – I wanted to drive this car… very, very fast!
The car is fully loaded: dual climate control; sun-roof; 6 CD-player; gray leather heated seats; turbo… I fell in love instantly. The key thing here is I had always complained about our van not have dual climate control. My wife is always cold when I am hot, and hot when I am cold. I demanded the next car we would get had to have dual climate control.
She started up instantly and we took it for a spin. The steering it tight, like a go-kart. Tons of pep – this car has no issue getting up and going. The deal was done, we would buy this car. We needed a cashiers check to buy the car, so I figured we would have to rent for a few days until I could get the check, but Armen wrote a promissory note and let us drive it off the lot.
The first business day of the following week I gave Armen their check and we got the title free and clear. The funny thing is, I was so stressed about the situation, that I had forgotten we had prayed a week earlier. When I realized this, my heart sank. The revelation was so mind-blowing I couldn’t speak. I was overcome with awe. He had done it again. God intervened. He knew our needs, knew the right time, and knew our hearts. He took our unrealistic requirements and the desires of our hearts, and wrapped it all up in this one car. It could have been a Corolla, but God loves us so much He said, “No. I have something better!”
At this point I decided to give up any alcoholic drink. I never had an issue with drinking, and I honestly enjoy beer, Mescatto wine, and Southern Comfort, especially when it is kept in the freezer. The evidence of God’s hand in our lives is so overwhelming I wanted to show Him how much I appreciate Him, and so I offer this up as a sacrifice for Him.
We have named the car Grace, because it is because of His Grace that we have it. As well, we have a license plate frame that states, “Believe in the Power of Prayer”. We figured it is important for us to proclaim the greatness of God with every resource possible. I believe in advertising the greatness of God everywhere I go. Proclaiming His incredible love for us.