This is a little story.
A little story about the body.
It all starts with a Jeep.
A Jeep is not a part of the body, but that’s where this story begins, nonetheless.
Sitting in our driveway for years.
This is also a story about a truck.
Aaron has driven this red truck for years. It was a free gift, so generous and such a blessing. It has served our family well. It has no air conditioning. The seats are ripped. Hayden can’t ride in it because it’s too hot, he gets itchy and because it’s hot, Aaron rolls the windows down and so the red truck is also…
Down right dangerous for Hayden.
I can't drive it.Kids can't fit in it.
So, we're basically a one car family if the family is indeed the ones that are traveling.
It also burns oil like nobody’s business. Aaron is single handedly destroying the ozone with his one, red truck.
But does Aaron complain?
Never.That’s just not the way he rolls.
Does the ozone complain?
And so does Al Gore.
Enters Wade Amy from Living Hope.
Wade is not going to like that his name is on here, or next to Al Gore's name.
Wade Amy is from our Hope Group.
Wade Amy is husband to Liz, father to Grady and Will.
Wade Amy is the man.
He found a friend who wanted the red Jeep and Aaron sold it to him last week.
We love Wade.
So we have money.
Aaron can FINALLY buy a different vehicle.
Our hearts are elated.
Aaron would have already bought some wheels, he was so excited. But, VBS was this week and after VBS ended at LH everyday, VBS started at our house. Our home has been full of kids from noon until dark every day this week.
Good thing we were busy loving kids.
Today, someone from Living Hope GAVE Aaron a truck.
They gave him a truck.
Not a gift certificate, or a lawn mower.
A Good One.
A Perfect One.
This man told Aaron that God said to give him his truck.
Holy Cow a Truck.
God told him two weeks ago, and he fought with God about it ever since.
But God won.
The man gave.
My eyes well up with tears just typing that.
Can you imagine the talks we have had with our kids today about God’s provision? About generosity? About the body sharing with those in need? About gifts so big that saying, “Thank You” sounds absurd and stupid? About grace? About Jesus?
We’ve had camp and revival in our home this evening with our kids.
But why did God give Aaron a truck NOW?
It’s so weird.
We finally sold the Jeep last week.
Aaron could finally buy another vehicle…not a very nice one, but better than the one he has.
Why not weeks ago?
Why when we have some money?
Because this man had no way of knowing it, but he didn’t just give us a truck.
He gave us a new Hendrick.
We have wanted to adopt a newborn baby so badly.
And not just any baby.
There is a great need for families to adopt children who have African American blood running through their tiny little bodies.
The only reason we haven’t…
Who has a lump sum of money just sitting around?
One day this man will see a brown little child running around the halls of Living Hope and know that his truck…that unfathomable gift…was so that child could run the halls of Living Hope.
One day that baby will drive around in that new truck he gave to Aaron.
One day, because we were connected to Wade Amy, and he had a friend and that friend bought our jeep, Wade can squeeze that new little baby and know it's because the body works when the body works the way God intended.
I love God's people.
I love my church.
I love my HOPE Group.
Praise the Lord.
Praise God for the body.
Praise God for adoption.
Another gift given to us as believers that is so big, so grand, so unreal that saying, “Thank You” sounds silly.
Thank you simply isn’t enough.
It simply will not do.