Wednesday, June 11, 2008

New Van - Addendum 2

So I shared earlier that the van was paid for through an insurance refund, but I did not realize that the flight and gas was paid for too.

A few weeks ago, our pastor at the Rock asked those who have something to give to line up on one side of the room and those who have a need to line up on the other side. The lines moved to the front of the church as the people at the front of both lines met, hugged, and the giver gave to the reciever. It was so moving and powerful! There were many tears as needs were met and people were blessed. Usually, we would be one of the first to give because that is sooo our hearts but this time God asked us to get in the recieving line. It was very humbling and embarrasing but we acted out of obedience. We were given $411 that night. We were also heavily impressed upon by the Lord to not make an offer in compromise on our taxes but instead pay it in full, no matter how long it takes.

About a week ago, we were challenged by someone about our decision to pay our tax bill in full. They made the point that if relief was available, then why not try for it. We had the opportunity to share about obedience to the Lord and we firmly shared that it would be disobedience to do anything but pay our taxes in full. Two days after that proclamation, the van was made available to us.

We thought at first our $411 should go towards our tax bill but now we see that when we spoke out our obedience, God blessed us with something very intimate. He saw that we were making due with one car but he blessed us with a second, much nicer family vehicle. The $1000 covered the cost of the van and $411 was the cost of the flight and gas to get home! What a miracle! God is a Father who cares for and provides for us in ways that are intimate to us! Thank you, Father!!!

Evelina is REALLY excited about the van, too!


Michelle said...

How amazing of our Big Papa God who loves to give good gifts to His children! Thank You, Abba!! I marvel that our God, the eternal creator of the universe, is so very personal that He ministers to us in the little details of our lives.

Charlotte said...

That is SO incredible, Alicia! I'm so excited for you guys.

God is so good! What a kiss from Him!

Rom. 8:28 ALL things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose!

Stephanie said...

Wonderful testimony! You will love having a van! Can't imagine life without one and three kids later and all their friends!!!