4-13-07  The Perfect Paddle Boat!

Testimony from: John S. Lanphear- Lawrence, MI.

Do you believe that God wants to help you out in little things of your life?  I personally do!  The Bible says in Matthew 7:11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? 

Well, I have been asking God for a lot of gifts for others as well as my family, business, and everything I have, all for His honor and glory!  A couple weeks ago I was wanting to purchase a paddle boat for my family's new pond that I have been digging (using one of my best friend's excavator!).  I did some research on paddle boats and found the perfect one that you could even lay down in, and my wife and I both agreed on one of the three colors that was offered.  I then called the distributor who told me that we could buy it and pick it up at the manufacturer just a couple hours north of us, but that it would be two weeks before I could get it!  I decided to call the manufacturer directly, and started talking with a nice lady who said she could only sell to the public directly any factory 2nds which had manufacturing defects.  I asked her if they had any of them, since I personally did not mind some scratches as long as it floated!  She said she would check into it and give me a call back.  I waited almost a week and had not heard from her, even after leaving a couple messages.  Finally, on a Thursday evening I bid on and won a heavy duty double axle trailer that I needed, and got a wonderful deal on it for only $720!  I had to go pick it up the next day in Grand Rapids Michigan which is about one hour north of me.  My wife and I both thought how cool it would be if I could go pick up the trailer and then head just another hour north and pick up a paddle boat on our "new" trailer!  I prayed about it and asked God to work it out if it was His will.  I then called the nice lady at the paddle boat manufacturer and left her yet another message telling her about this great potential opportunity.  I went to work and then was at lunch when I got a call on my cell phone.  It was her and she said "you won't believe what a deal I have for you!".  I just smiled to myself knowing that God had just pulled off another miracle and I could not wait to hear the rest of the story!  She proceeded to tell me that she had not called me back because she didn't have any defected paddle boats in stock until just that morning she received one back that a customer had rejected when it arrived to him and sent it back.  It was the exact model AND color that we wanted, AND was BRAND NEW without any defects.  She said that since it had been returned, she had to sell it as a 2nd and took $200 off the sale price for me!  She then had it put out back so that I could even pick it up after hours since I would be running late picking up the trailer first!  I told her about how much I had been praying about this and she said, "this is a miracle, because I have never had this happen all the time I have worked here!"!!!  Proof again that God does like to give good gifts to His children when they ask!