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!
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.
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.