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Two Cars, A Job, and a Great God

22 Sep

In case you didn’t know, on June 9th, I was officially 6 months seizure free! You’re probably thinking, “Hooray! So what?” Yeah, I know. But actually, it was a really big deal because you have to be seizure-free for a six month period before your driving privileges are graciously placed back in your hands. So yes, I WAS counting those days. Somehow, I thought it would be a pretty simple process but my doctor had to send forms to the BMV and they had to send forms to ME and I had to visit my local BMV so it took longer than I thought it would. Basically you have some of the slowest organizations communicating with each other over one person. No driving on 6/9 which was a bummer but that’s ok. All the paperwork eventually got in order, my new license came, and I’m now good to go.

The problem was, back in 2016, when I knew I wasn’t going to be able to drive for a while, I had sold my car. Car shopping is LITERALLY one of my least favorite things to do. Some people really like it. Not me. But that was next on the list. I looked and looked but I couldn’t find anything in my budget that actually still ran. Fortunately my work is a 3 minute walk away so it wasn’t an immediate need but still a need.

Enter Car #1: Edna. Some really good friends of mine had an extra car lying around their house. To be honest, they were planning a project with the engine because the car had some issues but they said that if I wanted it while I looked for something else, it was mine. No charge. They are really generous and I felt SO blessed. I’m not kidding. While everyone else saw the rust, smelled the mice, and heard the engine, I felt the freedom of having a car that was my own. Not having to coordinate rides to go to the store or see a friend. Being able to surprise my best friend by showing up at her house for the night. I knew it wasn’t a long term solution because there’s no way I would drive this car farther than 20 minutes from my house, but it worked for the short term.

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There was just one problem. Next month I have a rather significant birthday coming up. Not necessarily the number but what happens on that number. I have to come off my parents’ health insurance. Sad day. It’s been wonderful. I doubt they’ll miss me as much as I’ll miss them. 🙂 And although I work full time now, they don’t offer insurance so I have been job hunting for a little while. A couple weeks ago, I was offered a position at a small bank. The hours are great (like, I don’t have to work till 9pm anymore!), they have full benefits, and the atmosphere is friendly and inviting. It felt like a good fit but it’s around 30 minutes from my house and I honestly wasn’t sure my car would last long doing that every day.

Enter Car #2: Peri. I was pretty sure I was going to accept the job offer and see how long my car would make it before I had to get another one. Last Saturday though, I was thumbing through FaceBook and a car popped up on my feed. I wasn’t even on Marketplace or anything. It was just there. It caught my eye because it was a Honda but listed for several thousand less than Hondas run for around here. And I saw it two minutes after it was posted so I knew if I messaged the lady, I would have a good chance of being the first person. I contacted her and set up a time later that day to come look at it without really knowing why. I literally prayed on my way there, “Lord, I really can’t afford this car so I don’t see a point in test driving it. Why am I even going here?” But I went and not only was it super nice with regular maintenance and low mileage, it had several “extras” on it. Like a dark tint on the windows, black tire rims (which, apparently, is a cool thing?), new headlights ready to be put in, and a sound system complete with a subwoofer that takes up most of the trunk space. Actually, funny story on that. When I was looking at it, the owner excited told me to try the radio. I turned it on and up to about 7 and told her it sounded great. She looked kind of disappointed and said, “Oh. Well. I think it goes to about 50 or 75.” I asked her if I could pray about it and give her an answer the next day and she said she wouldn’t let anyone else look at it if I let her know by noon the following day. Which was super kind of her. (Oh, did I mention the owner was a believer???) The following day I told her I would take it but I asked if she would want to take the sound system out (because I certainly won’t use it) and would she be willing to take the cost of it off the car? Otherwise, I said she could leave it in and I will just take it out myself and sell it. She said she really didn’t know how to take it out but she would DROP THE PRICE OF THE CAR BY $200 and I could keep the sound system. I probably read that message 4-5 times before I responded because I wasn’t sure I had read it right. Uh, yeah, I’ll take the car.

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I told a friend of mine that I almost feel a little embarrassed by my car now because it has all these things on it that I would NEVER put on any car I owned simply because I wouldn’t spend the money on it. And she told me that it should just be a reminder of how great God has blessed me.

And she’s SO right. As I was driving home after signing off on Peri’s title I actually started crying, just amazed at how God works. How he not only provided one car that got me about for a short while, but yet another one that I can trust for long distances and my new job. How he provided the finances I needed. How he went above and beyond anything I would have even dreamed of asking for in a vehicle. I am amazed.

But I didn’t begin praising God when he started giving me things I wanted or needed. That’s not the reason he gets praise. He deserves it simply for being God. Everything else is simply another reason to thank him!

 
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Posted by on September 22, 2018 in blessing

 

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14 responses to “Two Cars, A Job, and a Great God

  1. Jane

    September 24, 2018 at 11:30 PM

    I always thought the Explorer was more masculine….. like Mike. Especially with the loud muffler, rust and mouse smell ! haha

     
    • Kimmy

      September 25, 2018 at 9:23 AM

      Haha! I know…but cars just always seem to be female. So I was going for Edna from the Incredibles lol.

       
  2. Steve

    September 23, 2018 at 11:37 PM

    Edna…looks so nice in the pic…glad it has worked well and gotten your confidence back. Nice new car and congrats on the new job!

     
    • Kimmy

      September 24, 2018 at 6:29 AM

      I know right? It really doesn’t do her justice lol.

       
  3. Kathy

    September 23, 2018 at 1:39 PM

    I SO enjoy hearing what God is doing in your life, Kimmy! My mother has epilepsy so I am familiar with the problems in getting a license to drive! Praise the Lord you are 6 months without any issues! I hope you are out for an afternoon drive today, and tomorrow, driving to your exciting new job! God is indeed awesome.

     
    • Kimmy

      September 23, 2018 at 3:35 PM

      Yes he is!

       
  4. Linda Hixson

    September 23, 2018 at 8:24 AM

    I’m so happy for you Kimmie. But I will miss seeing you at Thomans. As for the sound system in the car. Maybe the Lord wants you to turn on Shine FM and crank up the volume as you drive around time praising him for his goodness

     
    • Kimmy

      September 23, 2018 at 8:26 AM

      I know! I will miss seeing everyone around town- all my regular people! Aaannndd I’m pretty sure it will crank up just fine without the subwoofer lol. I would like to keep my hearing. 😂

       
  5. Becca

    September 23, 2018 at 7:10 AM

    When we visit you have to take us for a spin!

     
    • Kimmy

      September 23, 2018 at 7:35 AM

      Ok deal. 🙂

       
  6. Tammy

    September 23, 2018 at 6:58 AM

    Oh Kimmy!! You are SO RIGHT!!! We PRAISE HIM even in the difficulty because He is worthy!!! REJOICING JOYFULLY with you. HIS LAVISH LOVE that exceeds beyond all that we could ask or think and His timing is perfect! Love you sweet Sister

     
    • Kimmy

      September 23, 2018 at 7:00 AM

      Yes! Love you too!

       
  7. mikejaquish

    September 23, 2018 at 6:14 AM

    Sleek ride, Miss Kimberly!

     
    • Kimmy

      September 23, 2018 at 6:59 AM

      Thanks!

       

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