Sunday, June 3, 2012

Thomas the Tank: The Little Miracle Truck

When we moved into the city we contemplated selling our truck. In most parts of the city, parking is either very rare or really expensive. This was something Chris hated considering. He loved his new-to-him 1994 Toyota pickup. He had purchased it just a few months before we got married so he hasn't owned it for very long. After his car broke down beyond repair he had prayed for very specific things concerning his new vehicle. Although it took quite a while, God answered every single one! He wanted:

  • a small Toyota truck 
  • with an extended cab
  • with manual transmission
  • not sold by a car salesman
  • for free*

The truck definitely came in handy when we needed to move to California. But once we got here? We weren't sure. Thankfully, we didn't have to make the decision to sell or keep right away. Street parking was pretty easy in our neighborhood. So we held on to it.

In the past two years, the question has been raised if it was time to sell only a couple of times. And the look on Chris's face every time was enough answer for me -- not yet. He loves his truck. One of the reasons he wanted a truck in the first place was so he could help people. And currently that is exactly what it is doing.

Over the past six months or so, we've lent it out to at least six people and offered it out even more. Many of our friends were moving or buying large furniture and in need of that extended cab. Last week, someone even borrowed it to haul speakers for a wedding dance and another used it to pick up his wife from the airport. 

We love being able to help our friends. We are so glad we kept the truck; it's been a good little truck to us and many others! "Thomas the Tank," as we call him, has been very busy these days.

*It was free after he received a large monetary gift

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