I mentioned in my last blog that the recent road trip I took with my daughter Shanna and son-in-law David to Virginia was eventful. The last couple of days before our departure were not just crazy busy, but also full of obstacles–nothing major, just a lot of small frustrations that caused us to lack sleep and run behind schedule.
Before we left, we, along with some other family members, prayed for a safe trip. When it came time for me to pray , I started to pray for a smooth journey, but couldn’t. I now, believe God was preparing me for a little detour. When my daughter and I got in the car, I told her that I felt something was coming up, but I did not know what it was, So we continued to pray.
Everything went well until around evening, when I made a careless error and almost wrecked the car. Shortly after that, our moving truck got stuck when we tried to turn around in a muddy lot (disguised as a field of grass,) behind a pizza place in a not so good area of town.
Shanna and David immediately set to work trying to get the truck out, while I sat in the car and prayed and texted others to pray. While awaiting a call back from their road hazard insurance, they tried to free the truck by placing everything under the tires from pizza boxes to blankets. For the next couple of hours, they prayed, and waited for and returned phone calls.
When they were informed that their insurance company could not help them, they began to call tow companies. The one company that said they might be able to assist them wanted 700 dollars. They decided to make some more calls.
From time to time, I got out of the car, and looked around for boards etc., but none were to be found. Then I would go over to the truck and ask them how things were going. I wanted to make some suggestions,(don’t we all in these type of situations) or assist with phone calls. But God kept telling me to let them work it out, and go back to the car.
At one point, I said, “Lord, what is going on!”
He answered, “Be still, I am doing something beautiful.”
I began to think about how my daughter and her husband were responding to the situation. No accusations were being flung or harsh words said–just discussion, care, prayer, and teamwork. Their calmness and kindness allowed them to be proactive and focus on a solution, which is something that I had never observed in a situation like this.
As I continued to sit in the car, I began to worship. Within minutes, a friend who I hadn’t talked to in a while called. When I told her what was happening she prayed.
Everything began to change. Shanna and David called another company who referred them to a guy who was able to pull them out of the mud, And he only charged them 125.00. God also set up a divine appointment for us to pray for and bless a man and his wife. My next blog will be about what transpired after God told me to get out of the car.
By the time we got back on the road, we had lost over four hours of trip time. But I didn’t see it as loss, because I was in awe as to the beauty of the night! I had seen true love at work as I had observed a young couple triumph in the midst of adversity, and I had witnessed God lovingly impact the lives of two strangers.
I couldn’t help but be thankful. What had appeared to be a misfortunate circumstance, was actually a divine set up by a God who is always orchestrating something beautiful!
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres” (I Corinthians 4-7.)
Have a beautiful, blessed day!