Today was a great day off. We slept in some, Kels got stuff done around the house while I figured out stuff with college loans, and then we decided to venture off and find a cool snorkeling place near Pahoa town called Kapoho Tide pools. Well, we never found Kapoho. We watched some awesome body-boarding and surfing at one beach area (I saw the name but it was really tricky and I can't remember it now), talked to the life guard and found out how to get to Kapoho but realized that the little white truck that we were borrowing would never make it there. We then decided to go to the Hot Ponds, otherwise known as the Alahenui Beach Park. Here, there is a geo-thermal pond that comes up right in time to meet the ocean. The state put up a bunch of concrete walls to actually separate the Hot Pond, and it was an amazing experience. The water was about 80 degrees in there. It was a lot of fun.
Well, here is where the day took an interesting twist. We knew that we had to head into Hilo to run a couple errands for Joel (the guy whose truck we were borrowing) and found out that our little Focus has unofficially been totaled. We also knew that Joel needed his truck back tomorrow, so we either needed a vehicle or borrow the church van (which we didn't want to at all). So we decided that we would seriously look for another car. We were looking at craigslist, and that lead to looking at a used car dealership at a car that wasn't really a good fit for us. We were talking with our friend and our mechanic Tony about it, and after we decided to leave the dealership he called us back. He had a friend who owned a used car dealership that had a car for us to look at. Michael, the dealer, had the car at PT's and let me know that even though this 2002 Mercury Cougar was listed for $6,000-7,000, he only had about 2700 into it and because he heard about our situation he wanted to help out. I wasn't sure whether to believe him or not, but he was going to sell the car to us for $2700. I took it on a test drive and felt God's peace flooding my heart about it. Kels felt the same way and about a half an hour later I was sitting in the drivers seat as the new owner. It was absolutely amazing to see God's hand in this situation. It helped Michael out who really needed to sell a car. And it fulfilled the three requirements that we kept pleading to God about: It was in our price range, it was approved by our mechanic, and it was sold to us by a dealer so we knew that we wouldn't have a hassle with the paper work. God provided for all of us at the perfectly right moment. Twice during the whole situation I heard David Crowder Band's song "How He Loves" on the radio, and I knew that God was confirming everything. It was absolutely amazing!