I have found that the Lord very much cares about the little things in our life, including our stuff! I needed to find a new car and so I prayed and asked the Lord to help me find it. Soon on a little trip I drove by one that I really liked the look of and stopped to look it over. This was a “for sale by owner” car and as I looked, a man came out to show it to me. He said it was his brother’s car and then proceeded to talk me out of buying it. Yes you read that right. I had full intention of buying it and he talked me right out of it. He told me I wouldn’t be happy with this considering what I was driving now and then related what I wouldn’t like about it. I commend him for his honesty and wonder if his brother knew what a good salesman he was.
The Lord definitely had other plans in mind for me and that weekend led me to a car show in town. The very next car I laid eyes on was sweet, and I clearly heard in my heart, ” this is your car.” Now this time, I had my dad with me and he quickly steered me over to a station wagon that he had spotted and liked. I could see the pleased gleam in his eye and well, I love my dad dearly but, I was in my early twenties and a station wagon just wasn’t what I had in mind. I can be stubborn when armored with the clear voice of the Lord and so, much to my dad’s dismay, I went ahead and bought the other car. This little dream was new with only 8,000 miles on it. The former owner had bought it new and then was transferred to Colorado so he came and traded it in a four wheel drive. I therefore, got it for a really good deal. I won’t bother naming a price since it was back when prices were normal 🙂
Many years later I was now married and the day came when I wore the tires out. Not having any money for tires, my husband and I prayed for help for new ones. I was delighted knowing they would be there soon, but he was so upset about the condition of my tires that he had a hard time waiting. Put it this way, had we had the money he would have run out and bought a set. I know he was worried about me driving on bald tires but, had we done that, we would have missed out on another of God’s miraculous provisions.
A few days later I was driving down the road and clearly heard to pull into a grocery store and that my tires were listed on the board. Remember when you would find index cards with things for sale that people tacked there? My old tires squealed as I turned in, I was so excited that I heard from HIM. I raced in and there it was, the index card with my tires on it; all 6 of them! It listed 4 tires and 2 snows and they were in like-new condition. Still no money, I raced home to call and the recording said, “Your call cannot be completed as dialed. Please check the number and try again.” You know, God doesn’t lead you to His answer and then say, “Oh well, sorry, I thought it would work, but.” No, if it seems like it’s not working, you wait for Him to work out all the details. I assured my husband that I couldn’t get through because we didn’t have the money yet. “The call will go through when the money comes in to buy the tires.” I said. We waited and I continued to call every day. At the end of the week our income tax refund check came in the mail and, you guessed it, the call went through.
Now this guy told me that the tires were brand new and only had tow mileage on them from Nebraska to Michigan. They had built a car and had towed it here, but when they arrived and started it up the car blew up and the only thing left was tires. He didn’t get a single call all week, imagine that, and so he agreed to come down in price; since the snows were studs which were illegal here and not useful to us. That night my husband came home from work with a look of amazement on his face. His boss had handed him a bonus check and a check for back-pay that we didn’t even know we were owed.
“The Lord is My Shepherd, I shall not want!” Ps. 23:1
So, that car that the Lord picked out for me? I drove it for 9 1/2 years and didn’t put a dime into it except for the new tires, brakes, gas and a new exhaust, you know maintenance stuff. Now we had a growing family and needed a bigger car. Again we had no money, but someone bought a used car, in showroom condition, and gave it to us. Did you guess? Yes, a station wagon 🙂 I gave my other car away, scrubbed and polished, with a big red bow on the steering wheel. Two weeks later it was reported to me that the car battery died, stone dead and the seat fell through the floor. I was shocked. I thought I was giving them a wonderful gift. It had showed very little rust and I never knew you ever had to buy new batteries. I had driven that car for a all those years and it never even coughed once. I only knew it to be a BLESSING.