A Simple Prayer Answered Builds a Relationship

By Joan Wester Anderson
Sometimes the “coincidences” in life are so compelling that we feel it must be a heavenly being orchestrating everything or bringing comfort.  “Jim” would agree.
It was one of those tragic situations in life that some go through, even those who are very close to God.  It was 1993, and Jim and his wife were divorcing.  Jim’s wife had been awarded primary custody of their 10-year-old son.  “She also was given the good car, although I was still making payments on it,” said Jim.  “With the other financial settlements, I was left pretty much broke.”
To make matters worse, one day, Jim’s wife left town, taking their son with her.  They settled in a town about 130 miles away, but it might as well have been 13,000 miles, since Jim’s old car was an extremely unreliable rusting hulk with a quarter of a million miles on it.
“I was terrified that my son might feel abandoned,” Jim said, “and I knew I needed to see him regularly.  So, I started praying extremely hard.”
Jim prayed to God about his need for more reliable transportation, and at the same time, he began researching cars.  He thought a 1989 Omni might be economical, but when he looked up the price, it was about $4,000—much too high for his budget.  One morning, however, Jim drove past a bait shop and saw a 1989 Omni parked in front, with a For Sale sign on it.  It certainly wouldn’t hurt to look, he thought, so he pulled into the parking lot.
“How much are you asking for your Omni?” he asked the store clerk
“850 dollars,” the man replied.
Impossible, Jim thought.  The engine or transmission must be bad.  “Can I try it?” he asked.  “Sure,” the clerk agreed.
The Omni was a wonderful car. The only flaw that Jim could find was a bad wheel bearing, and he could get that fixed.  He came back to the shop with his heart pounding.  This HAD to be his car.
“How about $750?” he asked.
“$800.”  And that was that.
Jim’s job was a 100 miles round trip every day, and with trips to see his son, he put 56,000 miles on the Omni during his first year of ownership.  During the second year, he was able to get a transfer much closer to his home, and that was good because by the third year, the car had 200,000 miles on it and was starting to act up.
“One day, as I started out to visit my son, the car began to die at every corner,” Jim said.  Somehow, he knew that this was the end of the partnership.  But, he had recovered somewhat financially and could afford modest payments on a better used car now.  He turned the Omni toward home and said a prayer of thanksgiving.  God had found him a car just when he desperately needed one—and kept it going so he could build a deeper relationship with his son.  He would always be grateful.
On his way home, a deer suddenly ran out and struck the side of his car.  Jim was not hurt, and the insurance company sent a check to Jim for $850, enough for a down payment on another car.
Today, Jim’s son is a college graduate and a husband, and has a good relationship with his father, honed during those difficult days.  God does answer prayers.

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One Response to A Simple Prayer Answered Builds a Relationship

  1. Its like you read my mind! You seem to know a lot about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you could do with some pics to drive the message home a bit, but other than that, this is breathtaking blog. An perfect read. I’ll absolutely be back.

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