I had an adventure yesterday. Well, first I had a very pleasant time visiting with my sisters, celebrating a birthday. It was on the way home that the real ‘adventure’ began.
Let me first clarify, I drove myself to my sister Julie’s. You all know I don’t like to drive, but I was using the phone navigation and did just fine. After living for 46 years, all my adult life, in Northern Michigan, I’m not a city girl anymore.
The adventure began on the way back to my daughter Rachel’s just a little north of Toledo. I had realized I needed gas before getting on the freeway. So, on Wixom Road, I stopped at a Shell station. While pumping my gas, I was reminded of how hot it was and how thirsty I felt. After completing the pumping, I decided to go onto the store and purchase a water. I grabbed my credit card and face mask, reminding myself to lock my vehicle because I was leaving everything in there for this quick run in. 🤦♀️ I locked my keys in the vehicle.
I knew immediately I had made a very bad mistake. There I stood. Locked out, without my phone, ID, or keys. I was completely at the mercy of others. What a terrible and vulnerable feeling that was. But even as this was all transpiring, I went into prayer. I knew I needed an intervention from my Lord.
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” Philippians 4:6 NLT
I must have looked pretty forlorn as I entered the station because the attendant stopped his mopping and asked me in broken English if he could help me with something. He was like the biblical Good Samaritan. God provided a kind helper. He could have not helped me but choose to involve himself, even though we had many differences. God knew what I needed. He worked all things together for my good. The attendant allowed me to make many calls on the station’s phone until finally, Rocky answered an unfamiliar phone number. He gave me a place to sit down and offered me an opportunity to purchase a beverage, (I did have my card with me)
As I sat there, waiting for my rescue, I felt impressed to pray. In my weakness, I was overcome by the kindness of the 2 attendants. I began praying for them. As time passed, I began praying and thanking God for a lot of things I was observing. God gave me a glimpse into life I would never ordinarily observe, His creation in their everyday life. There were so many walks of life going about their day. I had to sit there. I was stranded, so I sat there, and people watched and prayed.
The whole adventure took about 2 hours before I was on the road again. I don’t know what all that waylay was about. I do know that God directs our plans and places encounters in our path. I honestly will never know, this side of heaven, the spiritual depth of yesterdays. I do know God apprehended my day and changed the course of my plans. I am so blessed today, thinking back, knowing I managed to rise above myself, my fears, frustrations, and self-pity and listened to the Holy Spirit. I prayed and waited on the Lord. He totally covered me and took care of me. Isn’t God great?!?
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done.” Philippians 4:6