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Topic: Desire (01/17/05)
TITLE: Bada Bing
By Diane Johnson
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Our desire was to be good stewards of the money we received from the insurance company, so we searched high and low for the best car deals.
Because my husband is a big man, not only in demeanor, but also in stature, we had a particular model in mind. (Watching my Incredible Hulk husband cram his six foot five inch body into our other car, a Ford Taurus, was not a pretty sight.)
We decided to shop on the Internet. As many of you know, it allows one to go "surfing" without a surfboard almost anywhere in the world.
We surfed the Net every day for a couple of weeks, which gave us a real sense of satisfaction and power with our acquired knowledge. We checked out websites like cars.com, eBay.com, and AutoTrader.com. We looked at a lot of cars. Whew! We definitely had cars-on-the-brain affliction. We were even dreaming about them!
But then came the breakthrough we were looking for, and I am happy to report (well, at least at this point in the story), that I was the "Christopher Columbus" of discovering a new Internet car listing. There was our dream car -- pictured at "Bada Bing Motors." It's a miracle! Why, even my husband was impressed and said, "Wow honey, how did you find this car dealer?"
I replied intelligently, "I don’t remember."
Bada Bing is located close to where our daughter and her family live. My husband and I figured that we could take a day off of work and travel the four hours to pick up the car and also make a surprise visit to her, our son-in-law and three grandkids. So a couple of days later, off we went in the Taurus.
We found Bada Bing without a glitch. As it came into view, we saw a sign that said "Pay Cash, Pay Now," which we should have recognized as our first sign (no pun intended). Of course, I won’t be offended if you’re already saying to yourself "Who buys a car from a dealership called BADA BING?"
Well, it was too late now -- we were already here. So, we pulled into Bada Bing’s car lot (and part junkyard). No salesmen came running over to help us. (Oh yeah, sign No. 2.) So we decided to go find the owner, who we had talked to on the phone.
We headed towards a little building, where we assumed all the car salesmen were hiding out. As we reached the front door, we saw in a window to our right a couple of killer dogs bearing their fangs at us. (Yes, I know, sign No. 3.)
We looked at each other, and I said to myself, "My husband will protect me -- we can't stop now!"
We opened the door to find a very small, dark office where four men were seated at a lone desk eating Burger King. Immediately three dogs (thankfully non-killer mutts) greeted us. The small man behind the desk, who I thought at first was Danny DeVito, finally introduced himself as the owner. He and the others never stopped eating. And to top it off, no one told the very huge dogs to stop jumping on me.
SIGN! SIGN! SIGN! SIGN!
Well, I convinced my husband that we should still take the car for a test drive. Bad idea! On the way back to the car dealer, we drove down a side street and witnessed a drug bust.
Now, believe it or not, I was still not sure whether or not this was God’s will for us. (I’m sure God was shaking his head in disbelief.)
Mr. DeVito said, "Ah, I don’t have the title right now…but if I don’t get you the title within 31 days, you can put me out of business."
Oh, that's comforting, I thought.
We quickly said our good-byes.
Days later, as we continued to pray (and repent for our stupidity), God’s faithfulness prevailed, and we're now the owners of our dream car!
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