Romans 8.28 says “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” This has been and will continue to be our family verse. When we experience difficulties we use the word ALL to bring us back to God. We truly believe with our hearts and beings that God is in control…of ALL things.
As many of you know, this past Friday night, Mike was involved in an accident that resulted in my car being totaled. I was not with him and he was not at fault. It was the Friday of our last day of school before Christmas break. It had been a long week and I was feeling lazy. I did not want to cook dinner…so I said, “I will pay you to go get us pizza. My purse is in my car so just take it.” And, he did. As it turned out, that trip turned out to be a huge blessing in disguise.
How can I say that a trip that totaled my car is a blessing? Well, let me tell you. First, let me say I LOVE or LOVED my car. Secondly, I love my husband even more. Cars can be and have been replaced. Mike cannot. God was in the process of completely blowing our mind…yet again!
On Friday night, Mike was sitting still waiting to turn and enter the on-ramp to highway 27 to return home. There was a car in front of him waiting as well. A lady came up from behind and hit him without applying the brakes. She says she spilled her drink and looked down. It was at this point she rear-ended Mike in my car. Mike was pushed into the car in front of him and an additional 30 feet. By the Lord’s amazing grace Mike walked away. He had one very small nick on his hand. He was sore in the days to follow but thankfully that didn’t last long either. God had His angels protecting Mike. So very thankful and blessed!!
We were praising God and thanking Him for keeping Mike safe. The car did its job. It collapsed and protected Mike. As a consumer we do our research before buying cars. Research on safety, gas mileage, etc. We did that with this Passat. But most of the time you don’t get to test the safety piece out and see if it works…needless to say we now know the reviews were right for sure! Again, I loved my car. It protected what I love most – Mike.
Now to the rest of the story. I have only had this car since April. I didn’t want to car shop again BUT I didn’t want this one fixed. It looked bad to me and I didn’t want to drive it fixed. It is just not the same. Our first prayer was that the car would be totaled. And, it was. God answered.
This is a huge blessing because of the VW diesel debacle. My car was a diesel and we were waiting in limbo for VW to come up with a fix. Now, that is no longer a concern – WOW!!! God works in mysterious ways. VW did offer a Goodwill Package to all diesel owners. We received it about 2 weeks prior to the accident. And 4 hours before the accident we used part of it to have the 40.000 mile diesel service done on the Passat. I also had just filled the fuel tank. All for nothing…. But, not really….all for many blessings!
The second prayer was that we would receive a fair settlement for the car – this one is still pending but we have faith the right thing will happen. Mike was not at fault and we are dealing with two insurance companies. Up until this point, they have acted swiftly…even during the Christmas season.
Finally, the third prayer was to find a new/used car. I really didn’t want to look because as I have said – I loved my car! I was torn on what to do. I didn’t want to get in a rush. We wanted to do the right thing. I asked my family and friends to pray we got this settled easily and quickly. At one point I received a text back from my mom – “Praying!” It was then I realized I truly needed to let go and let God have it. I needed to direct my request to him – so I did. In my bedroom I looked up and said – “Lord, this is yours. Forgive me for trying to do it on my own and trying to ask others to pray – here I am – you take it.” And – HE did!
That night Mike and I both started looking online for SUVs and other VWs. I had taken a break from looking when Mike found one for me to check out. It was in Knoxville at a Cadillac dealership. It has been on the lot for a long time AND they had just reduced the price $8000. It gets better – it was my car! It was the same color….the same everything EXCEPT it was one year NEWER and it was GAS! Wow!!! Oh, and even better – it had 40,000 LESS miles on it! Wow, wow, wow!!! Is this real??? I am thinking – “God, I know you are good – but WOW!”
Needless to say – this car was meant to be mine. ALL! All things…. The car was originally traded into the Cadillac dealership in April. It was washed and prepped for the lot the same day I drove my old car off the lot in Chattanooga. The car was originally sold in Chattanooga and has had only one owner. The car didn’t sell for what reason? Who goes to a Cadillac dealership looking for a VW?😉 Or I believe it is because it was mine all along.
As of this afternoon – 4 days after the accident that totaled my diesel VW – I am now the very proud owner of a new to me 2014 gas VW Passat – a car I LOVE – without the diesel debacle. I have 40,000 fewer miles and a pin stripe to boot. God is so good. As our sales guy said – “I believe it was divine intervention if I have ever seen it. This car was meant for you!”
Ecclesiastes 3.1 – For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven…
As Mike and I drove to ‘look’ at the car I told him I had joyful tears in my eyes because God was showing us how big He really is…He truly cares about the little details in life and the big ones. Has God blown you away lately? Are you looking for it? Let Him!