Thursday, February 2, 2012
We've Got Wheels!
This has been my key chain for the last six months. No house key, no car key, no work key, not even a mailbox key. The three keys dangling from my key chain belong to our suitcases. It has been a freeing yet vulnerable, inconvenient yet simplistic reality to be homeless and carless.
Back in November when we were in Nampula we began asking the Lord to give us an RV. This had been our dream all along, to take a massive cross country road trip in an motorhome (I know we sound like hippies). Jason had done the research to pinpoint the exact Toyota RV that would be perfect for our family. At first he didn't want to pray to ask for one because he already 'knew' what was best. But God answered our prayer within three days while skyping with my second cousin's parents, who not only have a great RV, but took joy in us borrowing it. Wow, that has to be from God. Doesn't this look fun?
Since arriving in America, we realized we need a car for errands and visiting family and friends in California. Dare we ask God for a car, after already asking him for an RV? But we know our Father's heart is big so we did. God told Jason in Mozambique specifically not to buy anything until after January. A few days ago my Dad shared with his church that we were looking to buy a used car. Four hours later an amazing lady from the church (actually the lady that wrote this book, which I love) offered us her Toyota Camry to borrow. That was January 31st! This is obviously much more ideal that buying a car and trying to resell it. It has great gas milage, is really reliable and spacious. We picked it up yesterday and every time I look at it I smile thinking of God's faithfulness.
We have a loving and generous Papa! He loves to provide for our needs. I love this version of Matthew 7 from the Message
"Don't bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This isn't a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we're in. If your child asks for bread, do you trick him with sawdust? If he asks for fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate? As bad as you are, you wouldn't think of such a thing. You're at least decent to your own children. So don't you think the God who conceived you in love will be even better?"
Go ahead, ask God for what you need today. If you have any God stories of provision, please leave a comment, we'd love to hear.