For the last year and a half, we have been looking for a "new" car for Sally. One of the biggest criteria is a car that is "high" enough for Sally to get in and out of comfortably. (She has a bum knee.) We thought he had pretty well settled on a Nissan Versa, but she REALLY liked/wanted a PT Cruiser. We've looked at probably 15 different dealerships looking at all their economical cars. (I hate shopping for cars more than I hate shopping for shoes!)
One of the biggest barriers has been cost. We didn't have enough money to just buy one outright. We weren't in a hurry, because God had provided Sally a car through her parents. They gave her a 1998 Mercury Tracer. A very good car with good gas mileage. However, it is low. Very low. Hard to get in and out of. In fact, every time I get in, I bang the fire out of my head.
Well, to cut to the chase, last Friday we decided to go look at cars. The TV airwaves have been full of advertisements from dealers trying to get rid of last year's inventory in these tough economic times. We were headed to a dealer in Sand Springs that was offering $49 down and $150 a month (or something like that) for their used inventory. We thought it wouldn't hurt to take a look.
On the way to Sand Springs, we passed a billboard for a dealer in Broken Arrow (about 25-20 miles closer). We decided to pull off there and take a look at their Subarus and Kias. After test driving 4 or 5, we happened upon a nice 2006 Kia Sportage on their used lot. Sally drove it. They discovered a sunroof. I drove it. We talked with the salesman, and lo and behold, we bought ourselves a car!
It is a 2006 model with only 23,000 miles on it. It has a sunroof and luggage rack. I am especially pleased that I can get in and out without banging the fire out of my head. Sally can get in and out without any difficulty at all with her knee. The kids have loads of room in the back seat and everyone loves the sunroof! The kids gave it the ultimate compliment; they said they like it better than "God's Cadillac!"
We finalized the deal yesterday, but the best, most unexpected blessing out of all of it was that God provided for us completely AGAIN! I won't go into a lot of details without the permission of the donor but someone gave us the money to buy this vehicle OUTRIGHT! As I told the story to the salesman and the finance guy at the dealership yesterday, I was able to give glory to God for His THIRD provision of a vehicle, and was able to use the event to minister to and even pray for the salesman!
Sally and the girls named the car "Kiki the Kia" (as they ALWAYS name the cars!), but I think I'm just gonna call it "God's Kia!"
All praise to God for His provision to us! May God be praised and glorified!