Have you ever felt a little off about someone and thought, “I don’t know why I feel this way because they seem like a perfectly nice person”?
My husband and I, many years ago, checked out a car to buy. (Never trust a used car salesman, right?) The whole time we were there the guy was nice, helpful, patient and informative. Right up until we asked for the car facts. (Car facts is a report you can run to see the true history on a car. Was it in an accident or does it have water damage?)
When we asked to see the car facts report the salesman said he didn’t have it but he could get it. All he needed was our personal information to run the report. Had I been alone I probably would have given it to him. It wasn’t until my husband told him all other dealerships have that report available that I thought, “Yeah. Why do we have to give him our information to get a report he should already have? Is he hiding something?”
The more my husband wanted the report the more the salesman insisted that he would get it for us if only we gave him our information. Something was fishy. My husband and I literally stepped outside.
He had a bad feeling about this guy, this car, the whole deal. I was willing to give this salesman the benefit of the doubt. And even though I didn’t fully agree with my husband’s instincts, I trusted them.
When we went back in to explain to the salesman how we had decided to pass on the purchase an employee of the business entered the room from the garage. The salesman snapped at him with something like, “Come back later. I’m busy here!” He also started to get short with us. It surprised me. We left.
As my husband and I were outside leaving, I looked back inside the building at the salesman. I saw his arms in the air, his head down and his mouth wide open in a rant. I said, “I think we made a good choice!”
There are times I’ve ignored my instincts. As I’ve gotten older I realize not everyone is as nice as I’d like them to be so I listen more closely to my instincts. God gave us instincts and the Holy Spirit to guide us through life. Listen to them!
The moral of the story: Trust your instincts. If something seems off it probably is. “For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” Luke 6:45