We’ve had a number of amazing experiences since Lizy passed away, each one letting us know how very much our Heavenly Father loves us and is aware of all we go through.
Most recently is the miraculous story of our new van.
Our old van was purple –
(I’ve never been a fan of Barney)
The poor thing was rather dilapitated.
You had to pound on the dashboard to get it to work – all the gauges would frequently go out.
sometimes you had to pound numerous times!
And it was getting worse.
The AC had been broken for 3-4 years
sometimes the fans would work
and sometimes they wouldn’t
You just prayed they decide to work in the winter…
and it leaked oil.
And we hadn’t had the money to fix it.
It just was not a happy van.
Every time I got in, I prayed that we would get to where we’re going, and we did. There’s proof right there that God answers prayers. 🙂 Anyway, we’d known for quite some time that we desperately needed a new vehicle and we worried and fretted about how we would manage it without going into more debt.
One day, one his way home from work, Paul saw a van for sale by the owner. A nice, full-size conversion van for 7K. He wrote down the info and forgot about it. He didn’t see the van outside again and assumed it had sold.
A few weeks later, as we were sitting down for a family movie, he felt prompted to call about the van. He did and it was still available so we set up an appointment to see it the next day for our date.
We pulled up to the house and an older gentleman came out to greet us. We talked about numerous things including the van and our family – but we didn’t bring up Lizy. Finally we took it for a test drive. It drove so smooth. It really was a beautiful van.
The only problem was, we couldn’t afford it.
We needed something like it, but unless the owner would take payments, we wouldn’t be able to manage.
The owner and his wife came out to speak with us upon our return from the test drive. We talked a bit about how nice the van was and then, before we could ask about payments or anything, he became a little emotional and said,
“I was sitting inside with my wife while you were gone, talking about your family, and I just kept feeling that your family needs the van. I don’t want you to feel any pressure or anything and I don’t know what you can afford. If you can send $100 here and $100 there, that’s fine. All we really need is $1000. I just feel like God is telling me you folks need this van.”
I think our jaws almost fell off.
I was in shock at the generosity of this stranger.
I felt prompted to tell him about Lizy. He and his wife cried as I did so. He told us to take some time, and pray, but that the van was ours if we wanted it, and if we couldn’t swing the $1000 then they would take what we could pay.
We left feeling blessed and loved.
That night Paul and I knelt together and prayed about the van, asking our Heavenly Father if it was the right thing for us to do. We felt impressed that it was a gift for us. Usually we have a mechanic look at vehicles we’re interested in purchasing, but I got the distinct feeling that the van was fine and no mechanic was needed.
A few days later we purchased the van for $1000 after verifying that the owner truly didn’t need more.
It was a miracle.
We avoided more debt.
And I feel we both our families were touched by the experience.
We took our family to meet them, and gave them one of Lizy’s remembrance cards.
I don’t think I could ever express my gratitude completely to them or to my Heavenly Father.
The van is big and tan and promptly dubbed
We decided it fit especially since Paul’s white car was named Moby Dick.
There are miracles all around us.
Some are big, like that of us finding our Ark.
Some are little, like the blossoming of a lily.
I am grateful for them all and our Heavenly Father’s