The coolest thing happened a few weeks ago and I just had to share. In a personal place of wondering if God just forgot all about us, It blesses me so when I see Him show up and show off.
I feel the need to be somewhat discreet about this as those involved seemed to want to be discreet themselves, so for the sake of confidentiality... I'll just say I was really wanting a motorcycle (and by motorcycle I do mean something quite entirely different).
So I wanted this motorcycle but it was way out of our price range. So I prayed about it and did what I could to get financing for my motorcycle and then left it in God's hands. I heard back from the "financing department", they were able to help out a little with the cost but it was still way out of our budget. When I got the news I felt a little put out. It was like God was dangling a carrot. The carrot got a little closer... close enough to smell but just out of reach all the same.
I was to let the kind lady at the financing department know what our answer would be. I got it into my head that maybe God wasn't done yet, perhaps I should give him one more chance. I Iet God know what the plan was. This was Tuesday, I would give Him until Thursday to provide the rest of what we needed. And then I did what any mature, woman of faith would do, I started going over our finances. I looked, I tried to move things around. Maybe if we could pay this here instead of there. What if we got rid of that.
I wanted this motorcycle so much!
It would be a good thing for our family. We would all benefit. Thursday came, nobody had shown up at our door with a big fat check, I had not accidently stumbled across a winning lottery ticket...nothing! It occurred to me, I was putting God in a box. It wasn't fair for me to give Him such a short time frame to work in. He could have until Monday to work His miracle, and I told him so.
It was a pleasant weekend, uneventful in that I did not win the Publisher's Clearing House Sweepstakes, but a fine weekend just the same. It kind of made Monday seem like a great big non event, which led me to courteously extend God's deadline a few more days. By this point even I was not slow enough to mistake what was really going on here. I wasn't giving God more time. I was simply holding off because once I told the motorcycle dealership we just couldn't afford the bike, they were going to let somebody else have it. I wasn't ready to let it go.
Then, suddenly it was Wednesday, the day of God's third deadline. It was this day that I clearly heard God say, "just send the email already and let ME be in control of what happens! If I am going to do something it's going to be on my terms, not yours!" He's usually a lot nicer when He talks to me, I think He may have been a little put out. I gritted my teeth, sent the email and was very, very sad.
A few hours later the phone rang, it was the dealership. The sweet lady on the other end said, "Sarah something happened and I think it was a God thing! Somebody came in to my office today and asked if anybody needed help getting a motorcycle. They wanted to give xx number of dollars to help somebody out. Since I got your email today I thought of you." The amount they wanted to give took care of a large percentage of the cost of the bike. Making it much more manageable for us! And just like that, we were getting our motorcycle!
I have not seen God do this kind of thing for us in awhile! It was his love for us at work, finding a way to bless our life and our family. Even as I had tried to go around Him, tell Him how to work, He was still planning to provide. Instead of punishing me for stubbornness he used it to show His awesomeness!Again, I cannot stress this enough, because my mom is one of my most faithful readers and I love my mom and do so want her to continue speaking to us. We are not really getting a motorcycle. But God is awesome! And I am getting the desire of my heart!
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