July 31, 2013
After 2 stressful weeks of shopping for a car, God finally said… “Here’s the one… receive your blessing!” I have to say that finding the right car and getting the right price is one of the most difficult things I’ve had to do in a really long time.
Being a girl and trying to do this alone was probably my first mistake, but sometimes you just don’t have a choice. And I think I came out alright after all is said and done. And boy did God provide along the way.
So what happened was on Thursday my air conditioning in the car I was driving went out. It was a horrible thing… but I added some Freon and like magic… it worked. But I knew it was time to really get serious about a new car. So I found one I liked and went to look at it. I thought I loved this car, but really I was only settling for something because I needed it right away. But when I couldn’t get the car down to my budget, I walked out.
What happened on Saturday was nothing less than God’s favor in my life. As I dropped a friend off at the airport I mentioned that I was car shopping because my air conditioning went out on my car. And she offered to let me use her car while she was gone. WOW! What a blessing!
So I was able to continue my car search through the weekend and not settle for the first car that I came across. I think had I been stuck driving with no air, I would have made an impulse decision and not waited for God to bring the perfect car for me.
I walked out of 4 dealerships, stressed and discouraged before I found the car that I loved. So I drove an hour out to Burleson to check it out, after I had my friend’s husband call and do the negotiating on it. It was exactly what I wanted when I drove it for the first time.
When I got in the car, 94.9 was playing on the radio. I asked Mike, the car salesman if that was his station or if all car dealerships put it on the Christian station (cause another dealership also had it on Christian music as well.) He said it was his, so I knew he was a Christian. When we got back to the dealership after the test drive, we went to his office and were chatting. He mentioned that the tint was a little dark on the car and he said the worst that could happen is that I get pulled over. Then I said “Yeah, then the worst that could happen is I go back to prison!… Yep… I have a small felony.” Then he said “Well you have more than just a small felony… I checked.” I was like “WHAT! You did a background check on me?!?” And he was laughing saying he was only kidding then he told me he used to be a cop.
So… a Christian ex-cop is selling me my car… God sure does have a sense of humor! Once again, God was confirming to me that this was the car He picked out for me!
I sit here thinking about how when we are patient, God will bring the blessings that He has chosen for us. But when we make impulse decisions, we end up settling for less than God’s best for us.
This is a lot easier to say on the other side… car already bought… lesson over. But while I was in the midst of car shopping, patience was really wearing on me. I was stressed out, and ready to give up and just drive with no air for the rest of my life!
Patience has never been a lesson I’ve learned completely. It’s one of those things that, no matter how many times you get to “practice” it, you never fully master it. It never becomes something that you can say “Yes… I love to be patient… I’m good at it.”
But God always provides in the midst of our waiting.
Thank You God for the little blessings in the midst of life lessons. Thank You God that You always provide the best for Your children.
“ Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.” Psalm 27:14