Our Third World Luxury: Having one car
Our family currently has only one vehicle. In America, that sounds like a crisis. In a third world country, that sounds like a luxury.
God is teaching us about depending on Him during these times when finances seem to be too short for our growing family.
But faith takes an upside down situation and makes a mountain of growth out of it.
My husband and I have been discussing what type of vehicle would best meet our needs and we settled on...a full size van. I've driven those crazy big things before and said I never wanted one.
But with 4 kids in tow, car seats, a stroller, and sometimes groceries all packed into one vehicle, I finally conceded that maybe, just maybe, a full size van is what we need.
I've gotten over the fact that I will definitely not be "a hip Mamma" in my "Big Daddy Van" as the kids like to call those beasts and practicality has triumphed over my feelings about driving this monster.
So, my husband found a pre-owned (that's the fancy way to say "used") full size van that would meet our needs. We didn't have the money right then but we were praying that God would provide the money and that if this wasn't the one for us, it wouldn't work out.
Friday came and so did the tax refund. My husband came straight home from work, changed his clothes and headed straight to the dealership.
He was looking the van over (which by the way, is the only van we have found in our price range and that has what we need) when the salesman came over to him and said, "I'm sorry, I have some bad news. The guy in there just bought this van and he is paying for it right now."
When I called my husband to see how things were going, I anxiously asked, "Did you get it??" When he told me the story, I was so dumbfounded over the fact that the very minute he went to buy the van someone else already bought it, that I was speechless. My husband thought we got disconnected.
"Hello? Are you still there?"
"Um, yes, I just can't believe the timing of this."
Now, typically I respond wrong to a situation probably 9 times out of 10. Actually, make that 10 out of 10. (I'm a slow learner and while I may eventually come to the right response, I'm working on that being my first response).
But, God's grace allowed me to see the situation for what it was. An opportunity to rejoice because we didn't get the van. After all, we had prayed for the right one and God made it very clear THAT one was not it!
So, here we are, happily living on love and faith and driving only one vehicle. I have no idea if/when we will get a full size van, but I do know I can trust the goodness of God regardless of whether or not He provides another vehicle for us.
"Then, turning to his disciples, Jesus said, 'That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear. For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing. Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds! Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?
'Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, He will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
'And don’t be concerned about what to eat and what to drink. Don’t worry about such things. These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.
'So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom.
'Sell your possessions and give to those in need. This will store up treasure for you in heaven! And the purses of heaven never get old or develop holes. Your treasure will be safe; no thief can steal it and no moth can destroy it. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.'" Luke 12:22-34
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