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Did you read it? I hope so!
Now if you read it, you read about a lady in my church who was praying with me on a need of our family. I didn't want to tell you then what it was we were praying for; because I wanted it to be a surprise to everyone when God answered the prayer. I knew God would answer the prayer, but I was not sure how or when. Maybe, my answer might fall from the sky or maybe God might teleport it to my yard....hey, I figured anything was possible. Today, I know the how and the when.
10 years ago, John and I were given a car. It was a wonderful car. It was a 1998 Chevy Malibu. We loved that car. We brought home from the hospital three babies in that car over the last 10 years. But, that is just it...those three babies decided to grow up into children and they keep growing. Our wonderful Malibu was getting small fast...and getting old. We had 149,000 miles on that blessed car. We both knew that we needed a new car fairly soon and being in the ministry and youth pastoring paying for such a vehicle would be a big problem.
So, a wonderful dear lady in our church decided to make it her personal mission to take it to the Lord. In July, she said the answer was on the way.
A few weeks ago, I got a call from my dad wanting to make a trade. He wanted to trade there nice, beautiful mini van for our car. To be honest, I could not even stomach the idea. I literally wanted to vomit over the whole thing. I told my mom it was like giving them a dirty kleenex for a beautiful van! The gesture, this gift, was too big for me to accept. But, this is how God wanted to answer our prayer.
God began to show me something through it all! He quickly reminded me that we come to Him like dirty rags. He then gives us this new life in Him. We don't deserve it but our Father loves us and wants to give it to us. It is His beautiful gift for you and for me. We just have to accept it. I think sometimes we feel so unworthy and feel not good enough for the trade; but He doesn't care because He loves us.
There are not words to thank my parents for the blessing of this van. When I think about it all...tears just flow. Once again my parents provide an answer to prayer for me and my family. All the way down state to trade the cars... all I could do is pray a blessing over the Malibu. All I can do is trust that God will honor it. When we got to the house my dad was having a pretty rough day and my heart nearly broke as we were about to trade these vehicles. But somehow, I know that my God is going to bless him in more ways than he could even imagine. Thanks dad and mom!