Pastor G and I planned to visit a fellowship and worship with them. I even prepared one of my uncommon pasta salads for the potluck that would follow the worship service. Unfortunately, we never made it, and it wasn’t due to lack of desire but due to circumstance.
The previous night, Pastor G was about 40 miles from home. The past day or so had been fraught with the challenge of a late winter storm, something that happens through May in these High Desert mountains. Pastor G got to his destination with no problem but by the time he was headed home at about 1am, he was told that the connecting highway was iced over and hazardous to travel and that there had been some accidents. So, we experienced one of our very infrequent separations and he spent the night in safety in a motel. Pastor G left early that morning, intending to get home in time to go to the worship services, but it just was not to be. About an hour prior to his leaving safely, there was yet another accident on the highway (Pastor G was unaware of this!) , and it caused traffic to come to a standstill. He was able to get pretty close to home and was literally half a mile from our exit when he had to wait in traffic for about another hour until God prompted him to talk to a trucker ahead of him and ask if he could safely go around him to the exit. The trucker actually got out of his cab and directed Pastor G to safely access the road shoulder so he could exit the highway.
The point of this is that sometimes God stalls us in our hardships but always provides a way out. Without the trucker’s help, it would not have been possible for Pastor G to do what he did because of one of his personal challenges: he has real difficulty gauging distance and perspectives, and that can affect his driving. Our great God knows this, and I believe and know you can see that God worked through the trucker. There’s a doxology that’s fitting here: Praise God from Whom all blessings flow.
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
Father God, thanks so much for the life lessons You give us. Thanks for being there always: in times of adversity and challenge and in times of blessing and joy and all the other times in between. May we all turn to You whatever time it is in our lives and may You grant us all the spiritual eyes to see how You work things out for the good even though we can’t even imagine how You will do so. In Jesus’ name, amen.
That’s today’s encouraging word. May God bring it to your remembrance during your life’s challenges and hard times.
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