The other day I found myself driving to meet an old friend for coffee. I never did make it. The weather was seemingly beautiful. The snow was melting, the sky was blue and the sun was bright; 40 degrees is like a heat wave compared to how the weather has been in the recent weeks. What did not come to mind was the hazard that some of the roads could still be.
I found myself stuck on a hill that happened to be a sheet of ice. I’m surprised that I made it up as far as I did. As I tried to get out, my tires were spinning and no matter which way I turned my wheel I could only go one direction – backwards and straight. Unfortunate since I was on a bend. I called home and next thing I know my dad is on his way.
I found out that there are still good people in the world. A few stopped at the bottom of the hill and walked up to check on me and see if they could help me out. I told the first guy that I was okay and that my dad was coming to help me. By this time several other cars had stopped and offered to help, but the man I had talked to waved them off and said had them turn around as he walked back to his car. “Her dad is coming for her” he announced to the party that was forming. I smiled when I heard that. The other cars turned around to go another way.
As I continued to try to get my vehicle in motion, I noticed a familiar car in my rear view mirror – my dad had just pulled over!
My daddy is my hero.
I watched as he pulled to the side of the road and popped his trunk – pulling from it a bag of salt in one hand and a bag of kitty litter in another. I just had to smile.
Daddy could have taken control by using either or both of those, or by getting in my car and steering me out of this mess. Instead, He showed me He was equipped and prepared to do whatever it took…but then stood behind me and directed me with his voice and his hand. I was able to get turned around listening to him. I was so close to the edge that I thought I was going to damage my car or something. Daddy told me to keep going and everything was fine. His calm and firm manner, I do so admire.
How much is God like that with us? We can take a back road and maybe get stuck, but He is there to help us. He is equipped with all power and might.
Listening to his guiding voice and the leading of his hand brings us to safety.
When we recognize who God is – the answer is sometimes not in waiting for Him to take control or change the circumstances we find ourselves in. Sometimes it is our obedience that He is waiting for. He is so good and so faithful to those who are His!
I was blessed by that reminder.