So we had this van that we’ve needed to sell. We’ve been trying for almost 6 weeks. We’ve been praying for God to send the buyer we needed so we could get it sold before the move.
Yesterday the prayers increased as we knew that we now only had one more week left. I had already begun to thank God for providing the perfect person at the perfect time. I knew He could do it. But still, as the days passed quickly, I have to admit, I was starting to get a little nervous.
Yes, I should know better. Yes, I’ve seen God show up at the very last minute enough times that I should be able to have perfect peace while I wait. Well, maybe YOU do but I confess, I don’t always feel that way!
So last night at 10:00 I was sitting in my living room praying because my husband had just left to meet a potential buyer. A man who called at 9:00 to say he would pay cash for the van agreed to meet Randy at a neutral location and make the deal. I’m sure you have figured out that my stress level was a little higher at that moment than I would like to admit. I was praying protection, praying for the money to be real, praying for the deal to be done so we could just get beyond this hurdle.
Perhaps you wouldn’t have been fearful but after the things in the news these days and the fact that this was a Craigslist ad responded to late at night by a man who said he’d just moved here from out of state….well, let’s just say my imagination could easily run a little wild.
So Randy left, I stayed home and prayed. My two adult sons had agreed to meet him there too, just to be safe. And they ended up bringing another friend with them. So there was Randy and his 3 bodyguards waiting for the buyer to show up.
When the man arrived they began to talk and while they were talking a white van pulled up, stopped right in front of our van and several young men got out. Randy said he was ready for an ambush.
Do you know the scene from the movie Back to the Future where Doc and Marty are in a deserted parking lot late at night and a truck full of terrorists show up? I can imagine that scene might have been what was going through my husband’s mind at that moment.
But the deal went through easily and Randy even drove the van to the mans apartment. They were a very nice group of young men and frankly, the buyer was probably just as concerned about his safety when Randy arrived with his entourage!
I learned some important things from this experience. First, I was reminded that God is never late. By waiting until now to sell the van, we had the luxury of having 2 vehicles so I could get things done while Randy was at work. He only has 3 more days so now that isn’t a problem.
I also learned something while I was praying and struggling with fear for Randy’s safety. God quietly reminded me of these verses in the Book of Luke.
“So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. “For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened. “Now suppose one of you fathers is asked by his son for a fish; he will not give him a snake instead of a fish, will he? “Or if he is asked for an egg, he will not give him a scorpion, will he? (Luke 11:9-12)
I asked God for a buyer for the van and that is exactly what He gave me. I didn’t need to worry that He would send something that wasn’t safe for us. God is a good Father. He wants what’s best for us.
And this experience is especially meaningful to me because, as some of you know, I have been keeping a “Gratitude Journal” which I began at the beginning of the year with the goal of reaching 1000 things I was thankful for. This morning I wrote #1000. A buyer for the van.
Thank you Father, for always providing at just the right time!