I’ve gotta tell you. I’m not often rendered speechless but God has certainly out done Himself over the last couple of days. We have been looking off and on at vans—we really needed a larger vehicle. The kids are getting bigger and will soon want to go places with friends and our car was just too small. We weren’t in a hurry (we actually started looking several years ago.) Two days ago I happened upon a vehicle on the website of the dealership we like to go through. It was much nicer than the other vans we had seen in our price range. And loaded with everything we wanted and then some. (Isn’t that just like God? Much more than, more than enough!) The van was listed for $3000 under Blue Book value. Vince and I discussed it and said if we get it for the price and monthly payment we want, let’s go for it. We went and looked and it was nicer than I could have hoped for! Price, trade-in value, payment, timeframe was exactly what we wanted. We were overjoyed (even though we had been car-payment free the last couple of years), so we brought it home.
That would have been enough in and of itself to make me exceedingly grateful but that is not the end of the story. I was “moving in” this morning, transferring all the stuff into the van that was taken from the car, when Vince called me. He said, “Man, God sure has overtaken us, hasn’t He?” I agreed with him, thinking he was talking about the van. He wasn’t. Apparently his boss called him this morning and offered him $1/hr raise—without Vince even asking for it! The raise more than covers our newly acquired car payment (which was very manageable for us already.) I had written previously about him getting a $2/hr raise (and then some) two months ago—that one also came without asking for it. So it was a complete shock coming so soon after the last one. It was like God was saying, “You thought the van was good? Watch this! I will find you the van of your dreams and cover the payment!” The word of God says in Deuteronomy 28:1-2, “Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high abve all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God.” Now, if you’re going to tell me that God doesn’t desire to bless His children not only spiritually but physically, you have come too late. Because I just feel plum run over.