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Jan072012

wowGod used a truck to deliver a kiss from heaven

My husband's truck is his favorite ever.  He traded a man for it.  For real.  Like a long ago "I'll give you 3 chickens for a new wagon wheel" kind of trade.  From a craisgslist.com ad, he went to see it years ago.  The guy selling it said what he really needed was an old junker truck to use on the farm.  The farmer looked at Darin's old junker truck, looked at his truck, they looked at each other - and it was a trade (plus a couple thousand dollars from us since the truck Darin was getting was worth more, fo shizzle.)

So it's been a really great truck for our family.  There are four doors (helpful since we have the boys getting in and out of the back seat) and there's a nice short bed (which has been a huge help for moving and for children's ministry and just for life).  Pick-up trucks are nice to have around.

About 4 months ago, the driver's side back door started to stick.  So our son Jesse had to crawl in through the backseat passenger door and Darin had to unroll the window from the front seat to buckle Jesse in his carseat. 

We kept saying - we need to get that fixed! 

Months passed.

Then in early December, the driver's door started to malfunction.  If Darin locked it, it wouldn't open unless he forced it from the inside.  A few times Darin AND Jesse were both crawling in from the passenger side. 

At this rate, everyone would be jumping through the moon-roof soon.

So we went to the Ford dealer a few weeks before Christmas to get an estimate.  After a full Saturday of Christmas errands, we went back to get the bottom line.  Darin said in an uncharacteristically optimistic moment (I'm usually the optimist in this union and he's normally the realist), "Maybe it will be under $200.  We have that much in our car repair envelope."

We found out it would be well over $1000, plus they were recommending several other things, as they often do :)

I left Darin at the dealership while they finished up an oil change.  We decided to live with the messed up doors for a few more months while we saved up.  AGAIN, uncharacteristically, Darin was not bummed out.  He said with a smile something like, "God will take care of it."  I drove off thinking - wowGod is moving in Darin's life big-time. 

Okay, so now starts the big wowGod story for my little heart.

While sitting in the lobby waiting for them to finish, a little girl from our church recognized Darin.  So she and her father came over to introduce themselves and chat.  In the course of conversation, they discussed why they were there.  Darin explaind that we got an estimate on a repair, but we were going to wait until we could save up.  The guy asked for details and Darin explained about the doors.

This friendly conversation wasn't relayed to me.

The next morning, I was serving in children's ministry and at the end of the small groups time, there was one little girl who hadn't been picked up yet.  She helped me clean some things up, then we started talking.  I love any moment I get to go deeper with an individual child because there are so many children at our church - and my goal for 2012 is to know all their names.

I learned her name.  I learned that her dad was serving in youth ministry that morning.  AND I learned that it was her birthday!  So we walked around for a while and I had everyone sing happy birthday to her:)  It was fun and sweet because this little girl was so fun and sweet.  These kind of moments are my favorites in life.

Then we decided to walk together over to the youth building and find her dad.

When we met up with her dad, we introduced ourselves and chatted for a while.  We talked about her birthday party the day before and laughed a lot.

Then he asked, "Are you Darin's wife?"

"Yes, I am."

"Oh, I'm going to fix your truck."

"I'm sorry, what did you say?"

"I'm going to fix the doors on your truck."

I'm going to try and write out what happened inside of me at that split second.  First off, how did he know our car was broken?  Darin and I don't share stuff like that openly (for lots of reasons, but mainly because we never want to manipulate people into helping us).

Secondly, in that split-second I thought, "Who are you?  I don't even know you and you're saying you're going to fix our truck."

Thirdly, my mind reeled because I remembered Darin's faith - "God will take care of it".

Fourthly, it was less that 24 hours later and someone was saying they would fix it.

Fifthly (is that a word?), for the past 15 minutes, I had had a remarkably pleasant experience laughing and singing with his daughter, a precious God's girl.

Sixthly, I was - in a moment - overwhelmed.

So my eyes spontaneously filled with tears and I said, "I'm sorry, I don't understand."  Even as I write this, my eyes have filled with tears.  I feel it again.  How did this virtual stranger have knowledge about my family and how did this "chance" meeting happen with his precious birthday girl, standing out in the sun on a beautiful Sunday morning outside the youth building?!?

He smiled and said he and his daughter had met Darin at the Ford dealership the day before.  He said he is skilled in fixing such problems and that he would be taking care of it for us.

I just have to express to you that, for me personally, it felt like a kiss from heaven.

 

So...

a few days ago, Darin came home from work and told me that his truck doors were all fixed.  :)

It's a sweet wowGod moment I hope I never forget.

FYI, God WILL take care of it. 

 

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wow that is so great!!! I easily get stressed about bills (and just about anything else) and this last week has really be a hard one for me because we had spent alot of money helping out our oldest daughter last month and i had no idea how i was going to pay all the bills today. I had resigned to the fact that they were going to be late and I would just have to pay a late fee. Nothing I could do. I have a rock on my desk at work (well job #1 i work 3) that says REMEMBER and it is to remind me of what my signature is when I send emails which is HE IS ABLE. God is able to handle all my problems. much better then I am and in a much bigger way. I'm not quite sure how it happened but I paid all the bills and still have grocery money. i even double checked the math in the check book just to make sure... It truely is amazing all the wonderful things that God has given me and thank you for posting stories like this to help me remember to Thank him for his faithfulness!!!

January 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTara

Wow, Lisa! Love this! God is soooo good and so faithful. He loves us beyond what we can begin to imagine and he cares about all the little details too. Thanks for sharing this today! It stirred my heart and joy bubbled deep and rich, flowing through me and reminding me anew that we are so incredibly loved. And then God spilled a rainbow across my fingers as I typed these words. Only God! :) Bless you and your beautiful family, Lisa!

January 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCindee Snider Re

Oh, Lisa! What a terrific story!, It brought tears to my eyes too! I am overwhelmed by the God we serve who is in the details. He takes care of the huge things of course, but it's the little details that get me everytime. To think that the God of the universe cares about sticking doors, unpaid bills and my little worries! Wow God! for sure. Thanks for sharing this touching and beautiful God filled experience.

January 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSusan Sweetser

I have an anxiety disorder. One night I was feeling edgy and decided to read my Bible wherever I happened to open it at, thinking God would lead me to the right place. Well I opened it up to 2 Timothy and started reading. Within in moments I was at verse 1:7 which said "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind." Wow he went directly to my problem! And to make sure it hit home, in the preceding verses Eunice and Lois are mentioned. Eunice is the name of my dear paternal grandmother and Lois is my mother and maternal grandmother's name. To this day I think those verses were put there just for me. I can't say my anxiety has completely gone away, but I think of this verse and it helps alot becasue I know God is here.

January 7, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertammy

In response to tara's story, I call that God math. His math always works better than ours, is always amazing, is always right on time, and many times is right to the penny. It has not only been real in my life, but in the life of other Christians as well. All the time, God is good, God is good all the time.

January 7, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbrenda

YOU GO GOD! I love it! Just when you need a faith lift, here ya go!

Blessings to you!

January 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTania

Last month we recieve a tuition bill for our daughter final semester of collage. She is to be graduating in May. She has acheived so much and is Graduating with high honors in Social work. Her plans are to work with underprivliged children in low income communities. We did not know how we could pay the final bill and she works at the collage as well. we live paycheck to paycheck and our credit is poor so we have been living the cash only method for years. We did not however anticipate the bill being as high as it was so we had not save up enough money. after specking with the business office at the school they sat down. I told my husband we need not worry and leave it in God's hand. it would be taken care of. he was very stressed out . My daughter called me and said she went to the financial advisor and they gave her a grant for the balance all we had left to pay was 100. money that we had. I had faith that it would be taken care of. God' always has a plan we have to believe.

January 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

love, love, love all your comments and stories!!
our God is faithful, vast and intimate.
He loves us with an unimaginable love...
- Lis

January 7, 2012 | Registered CommenterLisa Williams

Lisa, I loved your story!!!! God is soooo good! He is constantly working all around us, and I am absolutely delighted when I get an opportunity to hear about it! God bless you guys!

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