Our family arrived home from an evening wedding very late last night. Close to midnight, before going to bed, we checked email and found the following [edited] in our inbox:
I have a 2003 Ford E350 handicap-accessible, [ten] passenger wheelchair tie down van that I would like to give to you if you are in need of one.
It has approx 87,000 miles. It is maroon sort of red with vinyl seats and rubber matting on the floor. It is a basic van with no extras. It has a side entrance lift. The lift was put in, brand new, in 2012. [It] is in excellent condition and works very well.
It runs great; I have not had any engine problems. I fixed the air conditioning last summer, so it is super cold. It is currently up-to-date in inspection. It has good tires. It has some cosmetic issues, a couple dents and scratches here and there. I have lots of kids and they tend to leave their mark.
The wheelchair goes right behind the front seats, then there is a three-seater bench and four-seater bench in the back. The seats/interior are in good condition. No tears or stains that I am aware of.
When praying on what I should do with my van, your name, actually Josie’s name, kept coming to mind.
I would prefer to keep this confidential.
Email me any questions or a time when you want to come look at it.
——–, we are speechless at your offer coming right at this time. It is just another proof to us that God owns the cattle on a thousand hills and can move them whithersoever He pleases.
Let me explain.
We currently own three vehicles. First is a 1995 fifteen-passenger with nearly 300,000 miles on it that we’ve used hard for almost eleven years. Its transmission is beginning to go, so it stalls a lot and is generally unreliable. We removed the rear seat years ago and use it as an eleven-passenger.
We also have a 1994 Buick sedan that had a book value of $700 when one of our kids totaled it recently. Nobody was hurt, and the car is still legally drivable, just uglier than ever and lets the rain in!
Then we have the wheelchair minivan that came with Josie; I drive it unless Laura is using it when I need it, then I drive the big Bessie.
Well, when Joshua’s pickup truck died some months ago, he drove either our big van or Buick to work every day. Now he’s just driving the smashed Buick while he attempts to create one usable truck out of two unusable ones. Why yes, our property is beginning to look like a car cemetery!
I hadn’t driven the big van in some time, so when I needed a vehicle for Verity’s dental appointment while Laura was working all day every day last week, its deteriorating condition registered with me. Joe and I discussed it briefly and wondered, “Well, God, how will You provide this time?”
When your email came in the midst of a full and joyful weekend (my niece and her sweetheart were married Saturday evening, and we all attended), we were so thrilled and grateful to see His answer to that question.
YES, we are in need of the vehicle you have offered to us. Please accept our humble and very grateful THANK YOU and know that your obedience to the Holy Spirit’s prompting has encouraged our faith!
Susanna for all the Mussers
We’re so proud of how well Verity handled her very first visit to the dentist!