Chasing The Wind

Ecclesiastes 1:14 I have seen all the works that are under the sun, and behold, all is vanity, a chasing of the wind.

My car was a brand new Honda Accord Coupe and it was the first new car I had ever owned. I had struggled for years to pay off bad debts and increase my credit score. I guess you could say my car was the trophy for all my efforts.

After my car was a few months old, I found myself in a financial bind with the new car payment, rent and raising two children on a single income. Turns out my trophy was more of a bad decision, a burden on my already tight finances.

The days were becoming stressful, yet I was reading more scripture and trying to rely on God’s faithfulness. The more difficult life became, the more I delve into my bible, trying to find words from God that would give me hope and strength.

That’s when the book of Ecclesiastes came to my heart. The story of a king who had everything he could ever want (money, women, power and every pleasure known to man), yet he had an unexplainable void in his life.

In Ecclesiastes 2:17-18 the king says, “So I hated life because what is done under the son was grievous to me; for all is vanity and a striving after the wind and feeding on it….”

Two days after I read this book, I left my evening shift at work to find someone had slammed into my brand new car and drove away. They didn’t leave a note,ย just a huge dent on the side of my car.

I filed a police report and went home sobbing. My prayers to God that evening were prayers of frustration and anger.

“Why God? After all the trouble I went through to pay off my debts and buy something nice for myself – how couldย you let this happen?”

The next day I called the insurance company to report the hit-and-run. They sent out a claims advisor to do an appraisal on the repair. When all the paperwork was done, he said that the amount insurance would pay me was $1300. The damage to my vehicle was $1800 but I had a $500 deductible!

Again, I called out to God, “WHY??”

I couldn’t even afford to pay my rent, how was I going to come up with the money to get my car fixed.

With a subtle voice, God reminded me of the book of Ecclesiastes – a king searching for fulfillment in worldly things and never being satisfied. Then he showed me how I had allowed my car to become more important to me that it should have been – my image, my material things.

Three days later, I received the $1300 check from insurance. It was then that I realized God had turned a bad situation into a blessing in my life. When I didn’t have enough money to pay my bills, he provided. With the check, I was able to pay my rent, pay my utilities AND buy groceries for my children!!

God doesn’t answer prayers the way we always want Him too, but he DOES answer prayers! When I received that check, I thought about the king again. How he chased after all those material things and was never satisfied. I became satisfied in God’s amazing wisdom and plan for my life.

The hit-and-run was over seven years ago. Since then, I’ve had plenty of financial opportunity to get the dent fixed, but chose not to. Every time I walk towards my car and see the dent, I am reminded of how faithful God is, how he took care of me when I couldn’t do it myself, how he turned a bad situation into a blessing.

What are some interesting and surprising ways God has worked in your life? Please comment below, I would love to hear some of your stories.

Thanks for stopping by, Rene’

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39 thoughts on “Chasing The Wind

  1. Great post! I know I’m guilty about caring about material things too much, and I’m always in need of relying on God for provision. He always provides so I don’t know why I go back to anxiety. Good job on getting rid of debt btw, that’s huge!

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  2. It is so funny how we feel like we are getting more and more bogged down and just when we feel like it can’t get any worse, it does. In that moment it is hard to find a blessing in disguise but when the blessing comes we are so grateful and become more aware of our thoughts which help give us strength for the next round of ‘fun’ that is coming! I really enjoyed this post! Thanks for joining the Link-It To Me Link Party this week, I hope you will party with us again next week!

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  3. That is a very unique way to look at a dent in the car! And a great testimony of God’s financial priorities versus ours. So I was definitely glad I stopped by! I know I’ve been frustrated at my circumstances like God isn’t responding, but He is – just not the way I want.

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  4. Thank you so much for openly sharing your story. I go back and forth on this subject. I know what’s important but things can still stress me out. I need to study Ecclesiastes!

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  5. I love reading these types of testimonies! And I love that you kept the car with the dent as a constant reminder of God’s faithfulness.

    For me it is a piano. I didn’t share my desire with anyone that I wanted a piano. I just kept it between me and God and prayed. I even got specific in my prayer and asked for a certain style and color. To make a long story short, a friend of mine called and asked me if I knew anyone who needed a piano. The air left my lungs and I whispered, “It’s me!!”

    When they dropped off the piano it was the exact style, size and color I wanted! That piano will stay in my family forever as a testimony of God’s hearing the desire of my heart and choosing to delight me with His answer.

    Thanks for sharing your story!

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    • That is SO beautiful Karen! I imagine when you play it just feels heavenly. I’ve always heard that you receive not because you ask not – I love that God gave you JUST what you asked for!!

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  6. Hi Rene, I love that you left the dent in your car as a reminder of God’s faithfulness. Thanks for sharing your story of hope and encouragement. Have a great weekend.

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  7. I love how God provides for us. “God doesnโ€™t answer prayers the way we always want Him too, but he DOES answer prayers! Thank you for your very real situation that God showed up in! Stopping by from Reflect.

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  8. Rene, I love your spirit of thankfulness. You could be stuck in your misfortune even now, but you have chosen to find the “silver lining” and because of that you are able to feel the full joy of God’s spirit in you! Thankfulness is truly a game changer in our lives!

    I loved reading your story and am so glad I found you at #ThankfulThursdays!
    Blessings and smiles,
    Lori

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    • Lori, thank you so much … the enemy wants to get in our heads daily to steal our peace, but I try REALLY hard to keep him out!! My grandmother would say there is always a silver lining behind every cloud .. she is gone but I still think of her when I look at clouds. Thank you for that thought ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. Oh my goodness! Several years ago, my old van was hit by a man my husband worked with while in the company truck. The van was paid for and on its last leg – literally, so we used the insurance check to pay bills. Two weeks later, the Lord provided a new to us with almost no miles on it vehicle. Just last year, my husband totaled his old beater upper truck and the Lord allowed the money along with another truck to be used to help buy a newer truck that would make it in Montana winter weather. It’s amazing at how the Lord provides through things we don’t expect. Thank you for linking up with Thankful Thursdays.

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  10. Thanks for sharing! I just hit a car while it was raining and they say it may be a total loss. We can’t afford a car payment right now so I am worried about that. Good thing is at least this car is paid off & I don’t have car payment on the car right!? Lol, praying for peace of mind…

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    • Blessings to you!! I totaled a truck this last winter in a snow storm so know how frightening a car accident can be. God will find a way – may be through public transportation or friends, but God WILL make it work. Prayers to you on your journey and thankfulness you are still here to tell your story! Hope you didn’t get hurt to badly …

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  11. I love how God uses situations like that. It is amazing how he can work. We experienced something like that when the recession hit a few years back. My husband was unemployed for a year, I was only working part time but it was enough we could not receive any assistance (which was a good thing with our pride). Some how, by the Grace of God, we managed to stay on top of everything and never fell behind on a payment. However, a lot of groceries and other misc things went on credit cards so now we are trying to dig us up from that. But I trust that in time God will provide and we will be good again.

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    • Kandi, God is incredible!! I too went into debt (again) with student loans (by $40k!) but I felt it was a gift because I used that money to feed my children, buy school clothes and miscellaneous stuff. that was over 10 years ago and my children are grown. I am still paying down my loans (so essentially, I am paying for food that was eaten years ago). What a blessing that you were had the means to feed your family and provide. Blessings to you in your journey to living debt free ( and don’t let that debt bring you down, let it remind you of how God provided when you were in need)..

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  12. In April of 2000 I was in a horrific accident. I was on my way home from my sister in laws funeral when my car was struck by a tandum 18 wheeler. As I catapulted down the highway I called out to God to protect me. As the car came to a stop in the median I was shocked to see I was still alive. I was in excruciating pain but I was alive!! I was transported to the hospital where I discovered I had broken my neck, at the C2, C3 vertabra, commonly known as the hangmans break. I should have died instantly according to the neurosurgeon. I said a prayer of thanks and then asked that I not suffer anything permanent where I would be a burden on my family. The surgeon was going to put me in a halo brace but decided because of my age to do surgery instead. Again God came to my rescue. The surgeon told me had he put me in the halo I would never have healed because not only had I broken the C2, C3 vertabra I had also crushed the disk between the two. Surgery was scheduled for that Friday, which turned out to be Good Friday, and I just knew I would be ok. It wasnโ€™t long after that that I was called upon to go take care of my mother who was not doing well and who was bedridden. I am convinced that is why I survived the accident. My mother was going to need me. It was the most difficult thing I have ever had to do, but it was also the most rewarding thing I have ever done It was an honor and a privilege I am thankful to God that he allowed me to stay and take care of my mama.

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    • Wow!! What an amazing testimony! I knew you had broken your neck but had no idea it was that bad.. God had other plans for you (and it wasn’t just grandma – He kept you here because I needed you too!!). Thank you for sharing your miraculous story, it’s a huge reminder that no matter what the world throws at us, God’s Plan has the power to overcome anything.

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      • About 2 months after the accident I was with Carolyn at the store still banged up and wearing a huge neck thing when a man came up to me and started talking about what had happened to my neck. I thought how rude he was to ask questions about the accident and not even know me. Why I answered him instead of saying this is none of your business I don’t know but I did answer. One of the questIons he asked was where my accident happened, what mile post etc. After I told him where it occurred he suddenly grabbed me and gave me a big bear hug. Needless to say I pulled back quickly, afterall I didn’t know him. He quickly apologized and explained he was so happy to see I had survived, you see he was the EMT who had responded to the call and he told me when he left me at the hospital he just knew I would die I was in such a bad way. It was nice to be able to thank one of Gods angels.

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  13. I love how you changed your perspective. When you changed it you could see how God was providing! Its so easy for us to get set on seeing things from only on perspective, and when we do that, we miss what God is doing.

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    • Thank you Laura … it isn’t always easy to change perspective, is it? I am learning as I grow in God that when I trust in Him, all my situations can be like this one. I don’t want to miss any of God’s blessings!!

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