God's Provision

God is working through people to touch our lives in such a powerful way.  It was only 2 & 1/2 yrs ago that we were considered wealthy.  We made a quarter of a million dollars a year, we traveled and had money to share...and share we did. 
Fast forward to now.  My DH lost his job and feels like a shell of a man.  Our family has lost everything and we are on WIC and Food Stamps (2 programs I knew nothing about)...and we still cannot meet our obligations or feed the family.  We are drowning financially...broken emotionally...devastated by the loss of our baby...unable to meet our basic obligations.
So, it did not surprise me when our trusty suburban seemed to need new brakes.  We had $500 from Jason's unemployment, but somehow needed to pay our $2,000 mortgage, $500 in utilities, a car payment and a HUGE amount of medical bills and a HUGE gas bill for driving back and forth to Children's hospital (often 2 or 3 hours due to traffic) out of that measly $500.  What was I going to do?  Our little Sophia had to be up at Children's hospital that morning, so I sent my DH with her and I took the car...driving down the main street in town...praying that God would lead me to an open mechanic...the RIGHT mechanic...at 7:30 a.m. 
The first couple of ones I passed were not open...then I hit Pep Boys (a major chain) and saw a man setting up cones for the intake area.  I felt like God said to go there, so I pulled in.  They weren't open yet, but the man that was out there looked in my wheel well and said he could tell that my calipers were malfunctioning...they had shredded my brake pads...we were grinding metal to metal.  He mentioned a few more things that he could readily see were a problem.  I burst into tears.
I have mentioned before that I was never a crier...not until I lost Matthew.  Now, at the drop of a hat, I burst into tears. 
The poor mechanic rushed over and hugged me saying, "NO!  Don't cry!  You're making me feel terrible!"  (lol  poor sweet guy).  I explained that my DH lost his job in September, that our 2 yr old is in & out of the hospital all the time and that we have $500 to our name to last the month.  He ushered me inside and told me to let them get the Suburban up on the rack.
Luckily I brought a book on helping your child with Chronic pain (I NEVER get time to read!!)  I read it cover to cover during the 3 hrs I sat there.  I kept asking the Lord if I should check on the car...wondering if they forgot me, and He said "NO...rest here and trust me." 
Finally they called me up to the counter.  They started going over all the things wrong with the car...I needed new calipers, brake pads, rotor turned, axle repair, new cables for our battery, and a few other things.  I knew we had passed the $2,000 mark in repairs. 
I started tuning them out as the list went on and praying, "Lord, you know the balance in our account is $503.  Please help me to NOT panic when I hear the total.  Help me to trust in You...that You will provide the difference of the repair cost and what we have.  You know our bills even better than I do...help me to trust that You are providing for us." 
The man finished his list of repairs and then tallied everything in the register and turned the papers around to face me...here is your total today...I was thinking "Please be a $502 miracle amount!! PLEASE!!!"  How embarrassing it would be to have to wait there for hours for my DH to get back from the hospital because I could not afford to pay for my repairs and had no way to get home!?!  LOL
Now, remember that I am 40...and need bifocals...so I could not read the amount very well.  I kept trying to make it out and then finally asked him to read it to me ...he said, "It is ZERO.  You don't owe us anything!"  I was not quite understanding and stammered a bit...then said, "I guess I don't understand."  He told me that the brake pads were their brand name, which meant it was a warranty repair...HELLO?!  The brake pads were 5 yrs old!  LOL  So, I asked about all the other work, and he just winked and said, it is all under warranty! 
I burst into tears!!  They were so very crowded and probably did not want everyone to know they had just given away thousands of dollars of repairs, so I just made sure to get their names so I could be sure to thank them via their corporate office (again NOT for giving away the bank, but for their PHENOMENAL customer service!!). 
I don't even know all they did...but I know the Suburban feels like a new, safe ride and actually stops!! 
I don't know how they worked it all out, but I DO know that God was working through them!  I know they will never realize what an INCREDIBLE blessing that was to our family, but it is!! 
God is so good!!!

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deleted_user
deleted_user

What an inspring story....and He does work in mysterious ways...I am so happy that there are people in this world who make a difference in our lives....those men were your guardian angels...take care honey and I sincerely hope that you have a wonderful holiday surrounded by those you love!!!!
Sunnysmom31710
Sunnysmom31710

God is so good!! And I have a feeling God will give you the ability to pay them back for their generosity some day.
deleted_user
deleted_user

Katrina! I loved this story! I am so happy that you were brought to that shop.! Sometimes I wonder if there are people like this out there, and your story is proof! I understand how things are. I wish for me things like this to happen to wonderful people like you!!!
deleted_user
deleted_user

Oh I am crying!!! it is so amazing to see the true meaning of the Christmas spirit!!! God does have ways of working mysteriously, and I am so glad he was looking out for you!! I would make the guys Christmas cookies and bring them in:-) They would probably LOVE that:-) oh sweetie! I am always praying for you!! Hugs!!
lvnikita
lvnikita

I love it. The same thing happened to me at Big O tires. Hope you have a peaceful Christmas and a very Happy Blessed New Year.
deleted_user
deleted_user

Wow, that is such an amazing story!!!!! Praise God!!!!!!
deleted_user
deleted_user

What a BEAUTIFUL thing and miraculous work the Lord is accomplishing ... AMAZING.
nicolerb
nicolerb

What goes around comes around, wink wink! You and your hubby are awesome and totally deserve for great things to happen to you. I still can\'t think you guys enough....
Tryingtomakesense
Tryingtomakesense

DH and I were talking about how it was only 2007 when we gave a couple what ended up being $35,000 (separate from our tithe) and it was a couple we did not know, but saw regularly at church. We felt like the Lord told us to give it to them, so we did. It was in the form of monthly checks, but when our business crumbled and our medical expenses went through the roof, we had to stop and they got furious. Weird. The wife called me and screamed at me and hung up...then her DH called my DH and told him we had ruined their lives (HELLO?!?! SOMEBODY CAN RUIN OUR LIVES THIS WAY ANY DAY!!! LOL) because they \"got used\" to the extra money and now we were going to stop (we continued for another 3 months!) Whatever.

Anyway, the point is that we often have felt called in our lives (albeit usually more like $1,000-2,000) to bless people...and it is TORTURE to receive....but what a blessed experience it is to watch God word in giving and giving to us. The hardest part for ME right now, (aside from the fact that our baby is in Heaven and I am still not pregnant!) is that we cannot GIVE to others...I hate it. This would be the time of year when we would be paying someone\'s mortgage anonymously and leaving gift baskets in the middle of the night. Instead, I am on food stamps and receiving food baskets from the local food bank so we can have a Christmas Dinner. Ugh.

One wonderful thing about our Christmas Miracle with Pep Boys is that while I have shared this story with every friend and every person I meet, we have come across about 5 people so far, who are going to drive the 2 or 3 hours out to this shop by our house to have their car work done!! I told them to be sure to mention that our family referred them!! I also did put the two employees who helped me in for customer service awards.

It will be embarrassing, but maybe it WILL be cookies we bring them...Because of Sophia, we have such an allergy -free home that our stuff isn\'t usually too terribly appealing to other people and is VERY expensive to make, so I don\'t usually think to send people any of our homemade goodies. LOL

This wasn\'t our only miracle...I will write more about how God is helping us survive right now...little things here & there like a friend who pulled in yesterday with gifts for our girls! We actually got to wrap gifts last night! :-)

God is so amazing!! Thank you guys for your love, prayers & support! I need to get over my blues about not being pregnant and get on here more often. For some reason, it seemed to just feel like it magnified the fact that I am not pregnant when I was on DS...guess that was the devil trying to drag me down. (I never give him enough respect for a capital letter...lol)

MERRY CHRISTMAS!
nicolerb
nicolerb

I meant I still can\'t THANK you guys enough... I am sure you probably figured that out though, =)
Tryingtomakesense
Tryingtomakesense

Nicole, you are so sweet! Wish we could do a million times more! Hope Tyce\'s football practice is sparing your bladder and ribs. :-) Those little jabs can HURT!! We are so blessed to have people like your DH keeping us safe & sound here in the U.S.!!
deleted_user
deleted_user

What an amazing and wonderful thing. Renews my faith and hope that the ture meaning of Chirstmas has not been totally lost just buried by most. Your story and the story of the Secret Santa in I think Kansas City are just so amazing. I have always believed and this story is no exception that when God closes one door he opens another. It is a proven fact that those that find themselves on hard times unexpectedly also are the first ones to give back when they get back on their feet. Don\'t be embarassed or upset about accepting help from others during the stressful and hard time for you and your family. You time to give back will come. We all need to be carried at times in our lives. Just relax and remember that God will always provide in ways we have never even thought of. I hope and pray that you and your amazing family have a wonderful, loving, and Merry Christmas. XO :)
deleted_user
deleted_user

this is so amazing, God has a way!!!!!!!