It seems that everyday my faith is tested. Each test seems a bit more challenging. About three years ago my brother was living with us in New Orleans. We added him on our car insurance and allowed him to drive our cars that we worked really hard to pay off. It wasn’t long before he totaled one.
Good thing it was the car that started having problems, but still it was our paid off car. We were furious with my brother! We worried about our resources and having another car payment. Our insurance gave us $5900 to total it out and within a week we paid cash for a better car.
We thanked God, but felt foolish for not trusting him to provide for us. Recently, our family took a vacation for two weeks leaving behind that same car to sit in our driveway unused. We have married friends who both work and have three children and one unreliable car. The obvious thing to do was let them borrow the car, and make life easier for them for two weeks. So that’s what we did.
About one week into our trip, my friend called me in tears. I thought someone died; she was so upset! Someone hit her in our car and totaled it. She was fine, but our car wasn’t. To make it worse, the insurance didn’t give us very much money. Again, our faith was tested.
My husband and I prayed together asking God to give us a peace about it. My husband and I prayed and agreed to give it to God, completely! It sounds so simple, but to completely trust God that our transportation needs would be met and that we would be able again to pay cash for another vehicle was tough.
We had no accessible cash, and both of us needed transportation to and from work. We made it work and truly trusted God to provide for us. After a month of trusting Him, He provided for us in an awesome way! We sold our business, profiting a small sum. We also won a bid on a car on EBay! The seller of the car was a used car dealer that had about 100 cars listed for auction. We actually bid on the car as a joke.
We offered much, much less than the asking price. Several people offered more than we did; but the seller didn’t respond to the other offers in time, and the seller accepted our offer. People may say that it was luck, but we say that it was God! God provided for us again! What is the point of worrying? I learned to trust God, again. While it may seem petty, we learned not to rely on cars, money or people. We learned to rely on God! What a freeing experience!
“What if some did not have faith? Will their lack of faith nullify God’s faithfulness?”
– Romans 3:3 (NIV)
“Father, help me to have faith in Your faithfulness. I want to be able to give all my worries to You, even when I feel like there is no hope for my situation. Help me right now to have faith with…”