I told you all I would tell the story of how God provided my new vehicle. Well, here it is...
Back in December, when God said it was "go time" regarding stepping out and launching a new business, I jumped in 100% knowing that this was all His idea. So being confident in His perfect timing and knowing He has always been faithful and will always be faithful, I didn't doubt His provision in the process.
But I noticed a slight problem in week 1 of launching a new business: my car wasn’t going to provide the space I needed. You see, I've had a 4 door Honda Accord for the past 8 years and for the last 3 years the back seat has been FULL with 2 car seats and 2 precious little girls and ZERO extra space. So picking up buckets of florals wasn't even a possibility when it came to this new job, I was lucky to get maybe 3 buckets of flowers on the floor boards of the car (all the while, hoping my kids kept their feet off the stems and petals of everything I just purchased).
I knew this would especially be a problem after I had been hired as the floral designer for 2 weddings on back-to-back weekends of Spring Break! YAY!!! But I needed a new vehicle and I needed God to provide it before that first wedding on March 11th!!!
So I started praying circles around what I needed God to provide so that I could do what He called me to do. I needed an SUV with space for my kids AND space for Grand Ave. Designs to flourish as I hauled florals and products to clients and events.
In February, we approached Freedom Motors to help us with our search. My wish list:
· Midsize SUV
· Seats 7, comfortably
· A third row that folds down
· Caption chairs in second row, that also fold down
· Remote start
· Power lift gate
· Back up cam
· And when they asked about a color, I said white, but not white white, like a pearly white.
· Preferably a 2014-2016 Chevy Traverse LTZ
(No one has ever accused me of being too detailed or specific haha)
But my husband had a wish list of his own as well: a budget that suited our family, around 50,000 miles and good safety ratings. So Freedom Motors graciously took our seemingly impossible wish list and started looking for this dream vehicle for us. We told them we weren’t in any huge hurry, but when a month passed by, we were getting concerned that maybe we were asking too much and that we needed to get real haha! They assured us, they would find us a vehicle that met our wish list, even if it took longer than it normally does.
The week of that first wedding, we got a call that they had found a vehicle that met our wish list, but it wasn’t a Chevy Traverse. It was a Buick Enclave and they were going to buy it at an auction in West Texas, regardless of whether or not we wanted it. But if we did want it, we had first priority when it came in. For the record, this vehicle wasn’t scheduled to come into Abilene until Monday, March 13th (2 days after that first wedding on March 11th). But we got a phone call on Friday, March 10th that the vehicle was on their lot (it had come early) and we could come check it out and take it for a test drive.
I was shocked. What in the world did this mean? Has God answered my prayer? Is this it? And IF this vehicle was it, then that means God pulled through in the nick of time. I was already overwhelmed by this thought.
So, Geoff, the girls and I (as well as my sweet friend Faith, who had been helping me prep flowers that day) drove to Freedom Motors to take a look at this car.
Geoffrey and I were blown away. Not only was it gorgeous, but it met our ENTIRE wish list AND THEN EVEN MORE!!!! I’m talking this vehicle was FULLY LOADED with everything I could ever imagine and then some! All within our price range and within the mileage we wanted. But here’s the kicker, which just blows my mind even more: the color of this Buick Enclave was called “White Pearl!”
Did I not say I wanted I white SUV, but not white, white, but like a pearly white?!?!?!
Yes, yes, I believe that is what I wanted and that is what I said.
Y’all, God pulled through.
Freedom Motors allowed us to keep it over the weekend to ensure we wanted it or not. So I drove that vehicle home that afternoon. It wasn’t the Chevy Traverse I had my mind set on…but it was MORE than I asked for! More than I imagined. And I got to use it on my first big wedding of the season that first weekend of Spring Break. It was perfect. It met every need for that job and for my family. I was sold.
So, the following Monday, March 13th, we began the process of buying the White Pearl, Premium Edition, Buick Enclave. No it’s not what I thought we were going to buy. It’s better.
How sweet and kind of the Lord? He is faithful.
I would also like to add, that Geoff and I had already resolved to renting a vehicle for those weddings over Spring Break if we had not bought a new car yet. But we couldn’t find an SUV to rent for that first weekend that was under $350. Which totally makes since now, because God was already working to provide for us! We just didn’t know it yet!