Ryan’s Miracle Watch 7/22/19

Avalon story continued…

$15K out-the-door for an Avalon? Amazing, especially after pretty much every dealer in Northern California laughed me out-the-door for making such a ridiculous offer. Anyway, for the next hour I filled out all the necessary paperwork to make the purchase, but right before signing I made one more demand. I said, Before I sign this, I want you to throw in your best, full-on bumper to bumper warranty with all of the bells and whistles. You told me how great a car this is, and that it should last pretty much forever if I take care of it (in so many words) and do all of the scheduled maintenance requests, etc., so you shouldn’t have any problem guaranteeing it with a nice warranty. If I break a nail in this car, I want a manicure…Well, after a lot of whining on their parts, they threw the $800+ warranty in. So I sign…DONE DEAL!

Now comes the fun part. After a couple of hours, when all the t’s were dotted and I’s crossed, I hopped into the Maxima and drove it back to the Nissan dealership. Upon entering the driveway, the salesman comes out to meet me. Well, how did you like it? I replied, Thank you for your time, but I’ve decided to go another direction. He was obviously disappointed, and I felt bad, but, not too bad…

So, I hop into  Bronco II for the last time (Oh! Did I forget to mention I got a good trade-in amount for the Bronco?) and drive back to the Toyota Zone, and just as I pull into the parking stall, the Bronco II bites the bullet. Yep, full-on engine seizure with knocking sounds, smoke, and everything, followed by dead silence. After 300+K miles (that’s got to be an all-time record for a Ford) it breathed its last fumes. Rest in peaces my faithful companion! I quickly gathered what few personal belongings there were and jumped out of the deceased vehicle, and made a B-line to Jomo’s office, all the while glancing over my shoulder to make sure the Bronco wasn’t on fire…

Handed Jomo the keys to the dead horse and drove off into the sunset in my Avalon. End of story…for now…

The reason I told y’all this story is because throughout the months this was going on, I really didn’t see all the pieces of the puzzle falling into place; the dots being connected; all the other clichés that apply…It was only when the Bronco died in the parking spot that I realized (in utter amazement) God had carefully laid everything out along the path He was leading me on. Sure, I was making choices along the way, but fortunately I was making the right choices by listening to/following His gentle prompts and signs. Coincidence? No, COINCIGOD…

You know when you look back on your life and realize God was alongside you, but you didn’t necessarily know it at the time?

The light inside my head was slowly beginning to come on…the light in my head is on a dimmer switch…

I’m sitting here with Ryan who’s sound asleep; so much so, his eyes are rolled up in the back of his head. I haven’t had that good of sleep in a while. Rest well my son. Rest well…

 

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