A 4-door, dark gray car that gets good gas mileage, is reliable, has an AUX input (so I could listen to Spotify, of course!) and had to either be paid for in cash or given to me…. that was my prayer for four – or maybe more – – years. I even had a picture of the car that I was thinking about posted to my refrigerator as a daily reminder of my dream car.￼
At that time I was busy paying off credit card debt and didn’t have enough in savings to even start looking for a car, but I prayed anyway.
I had been driving a 2000 Honda Civic with 267,000 miles on it. It had an oil leak so I would have to check the oil weekly to add more. It had no AC and the driver’s side window didn’t roll down — and I’m in Florida, people!!
My little Honda developed many idiosyncrasies… If you accidentally hit the windshield wiper wand, you couldn’t turn the wipers off unless you held the wand ‘just so’. And toward the end, the header lining was disintegrating. And somehow a leak mysteriously developed so whenever it rained, the driver’s side front and back floorboards would get soaked, so I’d have to lug out the shopvac and suck up all the water. No big deal… it only rains EVERY DAY in the summer.
This year I FINALLY had saved up enough money and started looking in June. Miraculously, that little Honda lasted until this past September when it gave up the ghost, conveniently near a Rally gas station!
So my car search intensified quickly!
$5000 was my budget. And I know you’re thinking “what can you buy for $5000?“ but I truly believed I could find a great little car for that amount of money. I did not want to lease or finance a car – – Dave Ramsey would not approve – it had to be cash!
Now I don’t know how many of you have ever tried to buy a car with cash, but it’s not easy when you only have $5000 to work with. Basically you have just a few options – – buy from a mom and pop car dealership, cargurus.com or Facebook marketplace. I was so surprised at how many scammers were out there. And I was also amazed at how many good cars were out there that would get swooped up within minutes of being listed! The whole process was so frustrating! Thankfully I was blessed to have my dad loan me his car while I was on the “hunt“.
I wondered why it was taking so long to find a car, but honestly, it wasn’t even about the car anymore. It was about my trust in God and if I really believed he would give me the desire of my heart.
And it was about waiting, and trusting God.
I got to a point where I was so frustrated with the whole process that I was ready to buy the next semi-decent car that I found. So one Sunday my dad and I went to go see one such car. The car was nothing like what I wanted. It was a 4-door Toyota, but it was white and it was a smoker’s car. The dashboard had carpet on it which covered a dash that was as cracked as the Mohave desert.
And yet I found myself at the owner’s kitchen table saying yes to something that was less than my dream.
It was a Sunday, and I had agreed to go back on a Tuesday and buy the car. That night I hardly slept a wink. I was tossing and turning all night long. I just knew I could not buy that car. It was not the dream I had prayed for. I struggled so much back-and-forth because I wanted a car NOW and I wanted my dad to have his car back.
So the next day, I called the owner and backed out of the deal. I took a deep breath and went back to looking at Facebook marketplace ads. Against all odds, I knew my car was out there. ￼
… And it was!! Exactly one week later on a Sunday, I went to see a 2013 Hyundai ELANTRA. I knew it was the car the moment I saw it. Dark gray, four-door, Bluetooth, low miles, heated seats, and so much more I never even imagined – – all for $4500 cash!
If God has given you a dream, don’t give up! And don’t settle for less! God is faithful. God goes above and beyond what we ask or even imagine. God gives us the desires of our hearts… even if it’s a dark grey, 4-door car, that’s reliable, gets good gas mileage, has an AUX input and is paid for with cash.