Julia T. Williams | Where Is Your Faith?
Julia T. Williams is a storyteller on a mission to help better lives through storytelling. She writes about all the things that go wrong and how people fight to make them right. Telling stories that matter while helping others cultivate theirs.
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Where Is Your Faith?

About a month ago, I was desperate for a new car. I had had my car for over five years and was ready for something new. I was aware that I had negative equity going in to the dealerships from trading my previous two cars in, but I was not expecting them to want an extreme amount of money down. I never let them run my credit because I wanted to see what they were talking first. Their ridiculous quotes usually sent me on my merry, little way. I had gone to three different dealerships, narrowing my search down to one vehicle. Nobody said what I wanted to hear. Having dealt with Carmax in the past, I put all my faith in them to buy my car for its worth.

So I drove my I’m-selling-my-car-today behind an hour and some change to the nearest Carmax. I told them I wasn’t interested in buying a vehicle; I only wanted to sell. They appraised my Honda, told me she was in excellent condition, blah blah blah. I didn’t care. I simply wanted a check. When I was given the appraisal, I did everything I could to keep my eyes in my sockets. They were only willing to give me half of what my car was worth. I took the appraisal, got back in my car and proceeded back home. Before I drove past I-20, something told me to call the Acura dealership (the Carmax guy nicely gave me the number with directions) to see what time they closed. Luckily, they wouldn’t close for another hour and change instead of the fifteen minutes that I thought.

To make a long story short… I went to the Acura laying it all out on the line. Told them what I wanted and what I didn’t. And I drove home with exactly what I wanted and very little money left my purse. The other dealerships wanted me to put down a massive amount of money, plus they were going to put negative equity into my new vehicle. Not this time. My car was paid off!

I say all of that to say that I had put my faith in Carmax – in man – and was let down. I drove to Columbia with the expectations that they were the end-all to my getting-out-of-the-Accord situation. Driving to the Acura dealership was an act of faith. God knew what I wanted, He knew how I wanted it, He even knew how to get me to step out in order to get it.

Every thing in life that we want works the same way. When we stop putting our faith in man and put it in God and believe in ourselves to get what we want, things happen. If you want a new house, quit depending on the realtor and mortgage company to get you what you want. Go get it on your own. That new job you’ve been networking to get, stop relying on networks to work something out for you. Apply for the job you want and trust that God will open the door for you. Whatever it is you want, believe that you can have it and it will come to pass. Just put your trust in the One who said, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock and it will be opened for you.” (Matt 7:7)

Who are you putting your faith in?

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