Thankful for Tibby
Philippians 4:6 "But in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God."
When I was a junior in college, I decided I wanted to buy a sports car when I went home over fall break. I figured I was 20, and now was the time to have some fun when driving. I'd upgrade to something more practical in five years when I had a kid — obviously I didn't consult with God on that thought.
I did some research and came up with four cars that were all pretty similar to each other and made a list of must-haves and would-like-to-haves. Since all four cars were so similar, I had no idea how I would choose between them. So I prayed that God would help make the decision easy for me.
I went to the first dealership, and the car had a start button instead of a key (which now is pretty common for newer cars, but not so much back then). That instantly turned me off to the car. Checked that one off the list.
A couple days later, I went to another dealership. Has anyone ever been to a dealership during business hours and not had someone ask if you needed help? That never happens! Well, it happened to me, and I had a bad feeling and left. Checked that car off the list.
I drove to look at the third car and could not find the dealership. My friend and I drove around for an hour. I even called them to get directions, and I still couldn't find it. Checked that one off the list.
At the fourth dealership, I had high hopes since I figured God had already answered my prayers. When I gave my list of must-haves to the dealer, he told me that he didn't have that color car in the lot with all the features I wanted.
I was so disappointed and felt let down by God. My dad and I started walking away, when the dealer stopped us and said, "I just remembered we got a blue car in yesterday that might fit your criteria. And you know what? It had EVERYTHING I wanted in my must-have and would-like-to-have list.
I've had my car, which I call Tibby, now for 11 years. I had some issues with it early on, while it was still under warranty, but thankfully nothing major in recent years. I've been in a couple accidents with it, all of which, thank God, the insurance company covered, and I've been protected myself.
Tibby has clocked just about 200,000 miles. The car has its quirks — the radio light is dead; the speakers crackle when it rains; the steering wheel is peeling. Some of my friends tease me that I should upgrade to a new car, but you know what? God hand-picked this car for me. Clearly God knows best. How many cars last that long nowadays?
Editor's Note: Can you praise God for providing something, anything sturdy and reliable that's lasted you for years like Tibby? Tell us in a comment.
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