Waiting For God’s Timing Is No Joke

Originally Posted Friday, August 5, 2011

I sold a car on Ebay June 30, 2011. If you remember from a previous blog entry here, a friend gave us a top-of-the-line 2005 Volvo XC90 before leaving the country to serve in Thailand. The gas mileage on the Volvo was draining our finances so much that we had to find another vehicle.

So I called my friend in Thailand who gave us the Volvo and asked him, “Will it be okay to sell the car you gave us and use the money to get a vehicle that’s easier on gas?” “Zo, do whatever you want with the vehicle…that’s yours to do whatever you need it for,” he said adamantly.

So now fast forward to today…I just purchased an 2005 Honda Odyssey EX-L in the price range we could afford. It’s been a whole month and some kind of change, riding around in my ‘95 Corolla with the five of us…talk about wanting to get a new vehicle quick, fast, and in a hurry.

I was on Ebay.com, Autotrader.com, Cars.com, Carmax.com, and any other dotcoms for cars I could find…just trying to find that 2005 Honda Odyssey EX-L that was right for our family. The problem was that the money we received from selling the Volvo wasn’t enough to buy the van we wanted.

So there was the pressure of putting the remaining balance on a credit card or finance (which isn’t wrong or sinful). But we knew we couldn’t afford to have another bill.

The waiting game began…or more like, the shopping for 2005 Honda Odyssey’s was turned up to 100. A brotha trying to provide for his wife and kids was the push for me. Many days I felt burned out looking for the “right van” for us. Shopping and waiting for what you want in your price range is “no joke”.

Finally we came across a van we liked but our money was short, of course!

Then some friends of ours, who have been praying for God to provide during the wait, generously gave us the remaining balance…in cash!

(This get’s even better because they gave the cash in the middle of their own financial difficulties…amazing friends huh?!?!)

When I presented my offer to purchase the van for almost $3000 less at the Honda Dealer I said, “Ma’am, this is all I can do. If I can’t get this van for what I have then I’m cool with walking out without it. I understand these vans sell like hotcakes, but I’ll be okay if you’re not able to work with me.” Five minutes later she came back in, shook my hand, and said, “Congratulations Mr. Brown…on your new vehicle!”

In shock, I said, “Why are you shaking my hand…are you saying I have this van for the amount I asked for?” “Yes sir,” she said smiling.

My outward expression at the Honda Dealer was a dignified and professional, “Thank you.”…but my inside expression was shouting like I just saw LeBron James slam dunk on Shaquille O’Neal in a game 7…to win it all!

My conclusion through all of this…the God of heaven is very KIND to me and my family. Experiencing the kindness of God is one of the most humbling things because I don’t deserve any of His goodness. Just to eat  food we like is an expression of His kindness, even more so, with all of His other great gifts.

OH THE KINDNESS OF GOD for the family to give us a 2005 Volvo XC90.

OH THE KINDNESS OF GOD to use our friends to help provide us our new van.

OH THE KINDNESS OF GOD for the car dealer to come down on the price.

OH THE KINDNESS OF GOD for the patience to wait for His timing.

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