She’s the answer to our circle prayers.
As I mentioned earlier this week, this year Phillip and I each read a book called The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson and it completely revolutionized the way we pray. From that time we began to make circle prayers and shortly afterward felt the call to give away our Trailblazer. We asked God to do 1 of 2 things 1) provide us the ability to be a 1 car family (which again, was totally doable because I walk to work), or, 2) provide us with another car.
When we got back from Florida, we pressed forward with option 1, after all, it was the most logical, the most simple. We scheduled our week so that Phillip could have the car the majority of the time and I could drop him off on the days that I needed it. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.
That was Tuesday.
“We could easily do this for a year!” we thought. . . .
Then Wednesday morning someone posted Scarlett on Craig’s List for roughly 1/3 of her value. We hesitated, assuming God had already answered our prayer but we couldn’t ignore it so we reluctantly went to look at her that afternoon. Turns out someone had keyed almost every body panel thus the reduction in price and if you know anything about the Craig’s List King, you know this is our kind of deal.
So 4 days after we returned from Florida, there we sat, overwhelmed by the loving nature of our God who provides more than we could ask or imagine AND the new owners of Scarlett the 2004 Tahoe.
As part of our end-of-the-summer rest we made our annual trip to visit Phillip’s family. I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with driving the 20+ hours from our house to Jacksonville. It’s such a joy to have those days to rest, read and engage in meaningful conversation but by the time we get there, we’re always wishing we could just fly home.
So that’s exactly what we did.
Before we left Texas we deep cleaned my Trailblazer, loaded up some rough cut wood from my parent’s farm, bought 2 one-way tickets home and told Phillip’s parents almost nothing about our plans. As it turns out, it’s really hard to plan a surprise from 4 states away.
Earlier this spring we each read a book called The Circle Maker (more on that later) and since that time felt like we were supposed to give this car away. [Side note: my day job is about 1/3 mile a from our house so I walk to work everyday and rarely drive my car.] We knew we wanted to give it to Phillip’s parents and so after months of planning, we arrived in Florida and surprised them with ‘Little Sis’ as she has now been dubbed.
And as wonderful as it was to hop on a plane and be back in Texas in less than 4 hours, it was even greater to hear the call of God and answer it.
“From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” Luke 12:48