I know... crazy, right?
It's beyond amazing. It's fully loaded and better than anything either one of us could ever have hoped for or imagined. It's gorgeous and wonderful and, almost too good to be true.
Only it's really true. This really did happen.
Now- to answer your questions:
No. We don't know who. We don't know how. We don't know why.
All we know is that we have been praying for quite some time for a vehicle- a vehicle without a car note. I know- it seems crazy to pray for something like that, but we've been blessed in the past, and so I figured- why put God in a box?
I wasn't sure what that would entail- whether it would be something we would save for over a long period of time,or if God would just show up and provide for this need. Either way, I knew something needed to happen... something beyond our means, so we prayed.
The kids and I had made a prayer poster with a list of requests- super requests- things that only God could do. I wanted them to see evidence of God at work. As we prayed for these requests, some of them were answered- but definitely not in the ways I would have imagined. God is a creative God, and I like to think of Him as being a romantic. In all of His beautiful creativity, He reached down in to our circumstances and, for whatever reason, He chose to bless us in some pretty mind-blowing ways.
When it came to the request for the car, however, I began to get discouraged. I started to try to "fix" the problem. I began looking on Craigslist for a vehicle. I thought perhaps I should just buy my husband a "clunker"- something to get him to and from work, and nothing more. I looked everywhere, but no one seemed to be willing to negotiate down to a price we could manage- and the people who seemed most willing to make a deal were almost all scams.
So I allowed myself to buy in to Satan's lie that I should just give up.
But I had been so convinced that we were supposed to pray for a vehicle without a car note. So why was I giving up?
And then something inside of me changed. During a quiet time, in Romans 8, I read:
After reading this, I was reminded that I needed to continue to wait on God, on His timing, and wait confidently- not giving up. I tried. I prayed. I persevered.
But the enemy persisted. He continued to try to convince us that this was never going to happen. I wondered if perhaps I was "doing" something wrong, or if I needed to "do" something different. My patience was running out, along with my confidence.
Then, last Friday, I received a text from a beloved friend who informed me that the Lord had graciously provided a vehicle for our family.
The vehicle didn't come from this friend- she was merely the messenger.
In spite of fears, doubts, frustrations, and pride, God showed up.
My mind tried to make sense of it all. I tried to figure out how it had worked out- whether or not I had done something to earn this.
And I could think of nothing.
And then I could come up with no logical explanation for this beautiful, perfect, amazing gift... so I praised God. During this season, He grew our faith, and taught us how to wait on Him.
People keep asking "what did you DO to earn that?!??!" Truthfully? We didn't "DO" anything. We didn't earn this, or even deserve it. To my knowledge, God doesn't work like that. We didn't pray the right prayers, or impress the right people. We just... prayed and waited.
I have no idea why God chooses to answer some requests and not others. I may never fully understand the magnificent scope of His awesome plan. I mean, we prayed for some pretty incredible requests during this same time period, and they were not answered in the way we thought they should be... if they were answered at all. But we had to choose to trust in the goodness and the sovereignty of God. We had to choose to trust that He moved in HIS time, according to HIS will and HIS purposes, for HIS glory.
And let me clarify- I am not bragging about this- not at all. Several people have asked that we share the story behind the car, and so here it is. We aren't favored over other people. We aren't "more precious" to Him or "more loved" by Him. We just continue to ask Him and wait with hopeful expectation for Him to respond either by providing or by leading us down a different path.
No magic formula. No special words or sign up sheets.
Just a family choosing to trust God rather than manipulating our circumstances to make us more "comfortable".
So, I'm sorry if it's not the super-exciting story you were hoping for. For us, it was beyond exciting- it was an opportunity to experience God's love in a way we so desperately needed it.
It was our Christmas Miracle.
So we would like to take a moment to thank all of our friends who prayed for us during this season. I don't know if you've been praying for something and it hasn't worked out the way you had hoped. Maybe it's been years and you have yet to see any kind of answers. I encourage you to keep on praying. If I had things my way, I would have had this prayer answered a year ago. But God isn't a magic genie, so I know He isn't going to move in my timeline or the way I think He should. I have a friend who prayed for the salvation of her husband for thirteen years before he finally made the decision to trust Christ.
God had a plan and it changed (and I would imagine is still changing) countless lives. It changed my life, for sure!
He's God. He's in control. And our job is to trust him, no matter what.
End of story.
So anyway, thanks for reading and for celebrating with us!