When we moved into our house (no money down), it happened at almost the same time that someone else sold us a car (no money down). It was incredible! The Buick LeSabre we had gotten from my parents was pretty much at its end, and we needed something else...and somebody james worked with for a little while sold it to us with a payment agreement which would total $1500.00. We were very impressed with God's provision for us.
I can't remember the dates exactly...i think (if i remember correctly) that we had one payment left to pay off our car. It was a beige/off white color oldsmobile 1998. We liked it, and it got us where we were going. 8).......and it didn't have a busted fender like the buick. 8)
If i have my time lines lined up correctly, James was beginning to try to yield to the Lord again, and things were going pretty well. Well, anyway, our habit was that James would drop me off at the courthouse for work and pick me up in the evening. One morning, as we were merrily sailing to work, we were almost there; we were just turning the corner next to City Hall when the engine started smoking....badly....like it was on fire.....because it WAS on fire!
We were thankfully short walking distance from my work, and also happened to pull in exactly in front of the office used by the Conroe Fire Department. Immediately, several men in red polos rushed out of the building with fire extinguishers in hand and took care of our problem....ok, well, not exactly. They put the fire out and said nice things to us.
I'm told that you don't really fix an engine that has caught on fire. I don't really know. But the first thing that ran through my husband's mind was that we didn't have a car anymore, and we really didn't have money to buy one, and WHAT ARE WE GONNA DO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Something nice is that the Lord had worked peace in me. I was standing there next to our burning car, and i wasn't the least bit worried, and i was kind of aggravated at my husband because he thought this seemed to be an emergency! 8) heee heee
It's neat how the Lord can help us see things from His point of view.
Anyway, i went to work and made a phone call. And that nice lady i talked about earlier, Brenda, came and picked up my husband. and helped him find someone to get rid of the car and her husband, Don, took James a couple days later to buy another car...the seller was a friend of Don and Brenda, and he allowed James to buy the car based on Don's assurance that and personal guarantee of James. I think that's one of the coolest things anyone has done for us.
But mostly, this was another moment of crisis in which the Lord showed us that HE is our provider. period.
and oh how beautiful it is when the family of God is just that.
Someone told me that the chinese character for the word crisis made of two characters, one that means danger, and another that means opportunity. cool. huh?