Hello Everyone. Just wanted to give a quick update. On Tuesday I wrote a post titled “Living By Faith” where I explained how my wife and I had to make some hard financial decisions last weekend. It is an issue we have been praying about for months and I appreciate all of you who prayed for us. God came through in a big way very fast and we are almost completely free of debt now! The Lord answered our prayers better than all we could ask or imagine and we are so thankful!
The issue we were praying about was whether or not to sell my truck. It was a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4×4 Z85 Heavy Duty (All Star Edition). It only had 31,609 miles on it and it was in perfect condition. I take very good care of my things, especially when it comes to my vehicles. It was pristine inside and out and we owned it.
We decided to sell it, so I posted an ad on Craigslist on Monday night. On Tuesday morning, while I was finishing writing the post “Living By Faith,” I received a text from a salesman at a dealership. He told me they were very interested in my truck and they wanted to make an offer. I was a bit guarded because I sold cars back in 2001 and dealerships don’t usually buy cars from private sellers. In fact, that is very rare. Usually they call a private seller because they hope to convince the seller to trade their vehicle towards a new car at their dealership.
I sold cars for one summer and got out of it quick because the management was dishonest and I refused to do the dirty deals they wanted me to do. I proved to them I could sell cars honestly, but they didn’t care. Not all dealerships are that way, but I keep a guarded heart because I know what the inside of the business can be like.
I let the salesman know that I sold cars in the past and explained that I knew dealerships don’t usually do that, but he was welcome to make an offer. I sent him the VIN number and he surprisingly came back with an offer that was strong, but not quite good enough. I countered $1,000 higher and told him if they could do that price, then we had a deal.
He told me he would talk with his manager and get back with me. I really didn’t know what to expect. It was already amazing enough getting a text from a dealership and it was even more amazing when he made me a strong offer. I asked the Lord to bless it and said, “Your will be done Lord,” and waited.
An hour went by and then the salesman called me. To his surprise and mine, his manager accepted my counter offer! The deal was made and we agreed to meet Wednesday. Turns out their dealership is one of just a few buying centers that has a partnership with Kelley Blue Book. They are a family owned business and they only buy their pre-owned vehicles from private sellers with vehicles in excellent condition.
The dealership is in Golden about 30 minutes northwest of us. It was a nerve wracking drive through thick I-25 and 6th Avenue traffic in Denver, but we made it there safely and they cut us a check as promised. It was awesome and their honesty and professionalism was very refreshing! God is so good and He always provides!
My Craigslist ad was only live for one night and one morning and the Lord brought the best possible buyer to us! We were praying to be protected and for wisdom and discernment in who to sell it to because Craigslist can be dangerous. You never know who is going to come to your house when selling a high value item. Not only did God bring us a buyer, He brought us the safest buyer possible and we knew we would get paid legitimately. We also sold it for the price we wanted at the top Blue Book value just like we prayed. God orchestrated the whole thing and He blessed it big time! Thank You Jesus!
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
Our kids had named my truck Thunder and we had some great family memories with it, but we would have had to trade or sell it in a few years anyway. Our daughter will be driving in a few years, so we will need a smaller car for her. We will most likely get a family sedan in the near future, but we will do just fine with one car for now. It just feels really great to have all that debt paid off and it is a huge answer to our prayers!
I prayed that we would be debt free in 2020 and God did just that! We were surrounded on all sides and time was running out, but He parted the seas for us and now we can move forward on dry land! God can do anything and nothing is impossible for Him! Keep praying, believing, and trusting! God knows what we need and His timing is perfect! His plans for our lives are far better than anything we could ever come up with on our own! He will bless our faith in Jesus and we can trust that He is always working for our good!
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Grace and peace to you all!