A Promise, a Car Battery and a Bowl of Cherries

The battery and the bowl of cherries!

A few days ago my husband Ken was praying in his morning time with God.  He was pondering the fact that we have three cars and that two of them were given to us free and clear, and he suddenly said out loud to God, “Lord forgive me.” He knew God was telling him to give his car away, and he felt like it was supposed to go to my nephew.  Right now my nephew has a broken down car that he can’t afford to repair and he is getting rides back and forth from college.

We were planning to sell two of our cars and use the money to buy Ken a used truck.  We always seem to need one and we’re running out of people to borrow from.

Ken came home and told me what God was saying to him and immediately I felt a confirmation that this was the right thing to do.

We decided to call my nephew right away.  When he answered the phone and we told him that we wanted to give him the car, he was speechless.

It was so exciting to be a part of God’s provision for someone else.  He said thank you and that he’d get a ride to our house the next day to pick it up.

The very next morning Ken drove the car to work as usual, but when he went to leave, it wouldn’t start. We had just told my nephew the night before that it was a great car and had never given us any trouble.

We called AAA out and they couldn’t even jumpstart the car.  The battery was totally corroded.  We had to replace the battery right then and there and it was not cheap.  It’s hard to shop for a good deal when you are at the mercy of a tow truck driver.

He was very professional though and said that we should take the car to the shop to check the starter.  That’s not good!  So, we took it to our local repair shop and they said it looked fine.  Crisis averted!

Meanwhile, Ken was eating cherries and bit into one that promptly broke off part of his tooth.  Come to find out, he now needs a root canal, a post and a crown to cover the freshly exposed nerve.  Go figure!

Within 12 hours of our decision to follow God and give radically, we were hit with almost $1,700 worth of new bills. The temptation here would be to go back on our commitment and sell the car to pay for these bills.   After all, why would God allow all of this to happen if we were really hearing from Him?

I believe that God was not only allowing all of this to happen, He was right in the midst of it all.  He doesn’t want us to give out of our wealth.  He wants us to give out of our poverty.

In 2 Samuel 24, it talks about David going to Araunah to buy the threshing floor to build an altar to the Lord so the plague on the people would stop. Araunah offers to give it to David at no cost and also offers him oxen, sledges and ox yokes.  David turned to Araunah and said, “No, I insist on paying you for it. I will not sacrifice to the LORD my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.”  (2 Sam. 24:24)

When we give, it should cost us something!  Then we can truly appreciate the depth of God’s love and be reminded of the cost He paid for us.

God didn’t need our car.  He could have blessed our nephew without us.  But instead He chose to teach us that our obedience matters more than our any of our stuff.

So, is God going to bless us in the midst of all of this?  He already did!

Is there something in your life that would cost you something that God is asking you to give? I challenge you to make that commitment and do it.  Once you do, I’d love to hear about it!

Ringless in Christ,

Ali Eastburn

With This Ring

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One Response

  1. God loves a cheerful giver!!! 😀

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