I could have lived with the blue bench seats, but the matching blue door panels were water damaged. When attempting to roll down the windows, the ripped door paneling would rip even more. So, something had to be done. But with a limited budget, I wasn’t prepared to purchase a donor car … until I got the call a week ago Monday. Tom Hurst called to tell me that a Corvair was parked outside the local scrap yard. I looked it over that night and thought it might make a good parts car. But something made me uneasy about the situation, so I prayed about it.
Does that sound strange to you? Some people think that God only cares about the big events in our lives. They only pray if someone is near death or if they’re facing bankruptcy. Think about that for a moment. How would your father react if you only talked to him when you needed something? The Bible portrays God as a Father who cares about every part of our lives and enjoys hearing from us on an ongoing basis. With that in mind, I asked for wisdom about something that seemed like a good idea but was probably out of my budget. I’m glad I did.
The next day, the scrap yard made it clear that they were not interested in selling the car or any of its parts. In fact, they told me to forget I’d ever seen it. That was a bit discouraging but I figured that was the answer to my prayer. But it wasn’t. A few minutes later I was relating to my neighbor what had happened. She said, “Oh really? My boyfriend knows the people at the scrap yard.” A few minutes later, he had arranged to pull any parts I wanted for a very reasonable price. Two hours later, my minivan was filled with parts: two Monza bucket seats, the rear bench seat, matching door panels, seat belts, trim pieces, original AM radio with the bezel and knobs, rear tail lights, and a bunch of other things. I had to borrow a shelf from my wife to hold them all! Some people say I’m lucky; but I know better.
“No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.” —Psalm 84:11