About two weeks ago, I was on a business trip when my car began to smoke. I pulled over on the side of the interstate while other vehicles whizzed past. While sitting there waiting for my car to stop smoking I debated with what to do.
“Help me, Lord. I need guidance.” I prayed over and over. I heard no audible reply but looked up and noticed I was less than a mile from an exit.
“Help me make it safely off this exit.” I continued praying. The car had stopped smoking, but I wasn’t even sure if I would make it off the exit. I had no idea what I was going to do. After all, I was an hour away from home and anyone I knew.
I pulled off the exit and into a hotel immediately off the exit.
“Thank you, Lord. Now what?” I prayed. I walked into the hotel and explained my situation. The person at the front desk told me to turn right out of the parking lot and there was a Firestone and Midas less than a mile from the hotel’s location.
“Help me make it safely, Lord.” I’d gotten this far, but now I needed to make it the last leg of the journey to reach the help I desperately needed.
Sure enough less than a mile away there was a Firestone and Midas across the street from one another. The traffic made it difficult to get over and make a left hand turn, so I turned into the location on the right.
“Thank you, Lord. Now if they can help me.” I went in and explained my situation to the attendant. Within a short time they inspected my car and explained the issue. A busted radiator is not the diagnosis you want to hear, but I was thankful they were able to make me a priority and could fix my car before the day was over.
Another added blessing, was the mechanic was located only about two miles from the conference I was attending and provided a ride to the conference. Once my car was finished, they picked me up and I was able to return home safely. I had never been so relieved in my life.
When I arrived home that evening I prayed “Thank you Lord for your provision and safe travel. Thank you for getting me home safely.”
Throughout my prayers, I never heard an audible answer. However, looking around I saw so many answers and provisions.
My car could have broken down either in the country where no one was around and no help was available. Or, it could have broken down farther away from the exit it did. I was able to safely get off the interstate and find someone that could fix my car. On top of that, I was still able to make my conference.
No, it is not the way I planned to spend the day, but I was very thankful for God’s provision.
He was watching over me from the beginning and saw me through the trial, providing for me and helping me stay safe throughout the day.
In Psalm 116, King David said “I love the Lord because he hears my voice and my prayer for mercy.”
God heard my prayer and provided what I needed.
How has God provided for you?