I just feel blessed. I look out and see the pretty burgandy-copper minivan sitting in my driveway and I just feel blessed. So, our friend works for a car dealership and about a year and a half ago she came to us with an old, low mileage, inexpensive well-kept minivan. We took it for a test drive, prayed, assessed our finances, sought counsel and decided against it.
In considering that minivan, I learned what I was hoping was becoming true about me seemed to be - I would be content. There was nothing fancy about this minivan and I would be content. You see, even before I knew about the book, I was seeking to be reformed from the inside out and to live "Radical - Taking my Faith back from the American Dream." Not that I'm against America or its mission, I'm just wanting to be primarily about Christ's Kingdom, Christ's Dream over the American kingdom, the American Dream.
And this was a little test, I think. Part of why we decided against the minivan back then was financial and part because we didn't really need to upgrade to a bigger vehicle. Now, we do - before 12/12/12!
So, we were officially in the market and our friend had been telling about her parents low mileage minivan for about that same length of time, but not sure when they would want to sell it. Last week we found out that wanted to sell it NOW. The problem was they were 200 miles away and we couldn't test drive their actual vehicle. So, we found the same model with roughly the same mileage, it was just 2 years older. And it was fine. I would be content. It wasn't as zippy as my Grand Am, but it was twice the size, I would get used to it and be thankful for the extra space.
We decided to pursue our friend's parents' minivan, so they drove it into town today. We took it for a test drive and ... it drove WAY better than the two we had previously test driven and had more perks than I was even aware of! A year and a half ago, when I started thinking about minivans and having to articulate "what I would want" I remember thinking that I really would be content with basic power locks and windows for the sake of putting forth the least amount of financial resources as possible (being a wise steward of the resources God's entrusted us with)...BUT if the LORD wanted to throw in the perk of automatic sliding doors in a vehicle that would be the same financial cost, that sure would be a blessing:)
Because we had a connection to the owners we got the minivan for $1000 less than private party sale and it not only had the automatic sliding doors but an automatic trunk hatch, power driver's seat, and tells me what direction I'm heading, the outside temperature, & the average miles per gallon! There's other little fun perks with the extra space, but those are some that make me feel the blessing of luxury without the cost of luxury - being a good steward of God's resources, being content with little and God choosing to bless with more than we would have asked or imagined! (Ephesians 3:20) That's the kind of God we serve - and not just because of what He gives us either! I don't just want to be pleased with a piece of the American Dream, I want to praise God for His gracious, abundant provision; I'm learning that living life in God's world in God's way is all a matter of perspective. May God be glorified and my heart transformed that He receives more of the Glory due His name!
Abide in Love ~ Abound in Thanksgiving ~ Work in Joy...
Live Fully ~ Suffer Rightly ~ Trust Deeply ~ Bless Truly!
LISTEN & LEARN:
"Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths,
guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long."
~ Psalms 25:4,5