Finding God in ordinary places Part 8
- Part 1: Finding God in Ordinary Places
- Part 2: Think of These Things
- Part 3: Searching the Heart
- Part 4: Failure and Forgiveness
- Part 5: Hearing His Voice
- Part 6: Meeting God at Church
- Part 7: God at Work
- Part 8: I Know God Cares
I woke up that morning knowing something was wrong. There was an impression on my heart and mind that my youngest son, Steve, needed prayer. He was working the night shift and would normally be home about 30 minutes after I started work. I prayed for him constantly as I got ready for work. I prayed for him all the way to work. I continued to pray for him as I started my job.
I waited until he should be home and called. The phone rang and rang. No one picked up. When I left home, my oldest son, Scott, was still sleeping. When he didn’t answer the phone, I knew that he was with his younger brother, Steve. Every few minutes I would call home again. Finally, Scott picked up the phone. My first words after he said hello were, ‘What happened to Steven?’ His response was ‘How could you possibly know?’ Me forcefully: ‘Just tell me what happened to Steve!’
That morning a light rain was falling as Steve was riding home on his dad’s motorcycle. The road was a little greasy and as he took a turn the bike slid. He went down over a bank just missing a huge boulder. He could have been seriously hurt, instead he was unharmed. He scuffed the toe of one of his new boots and opened up the elbow of his jacket and got a few tiny pebbles embedded in his elbow. He had to climb up the bank and go to a nearby house to call home. Scott went to get him and brought Steve and the bike home. They were about to head to the ER to get the gravel removed from his arm when I called. I praised God for having me pray protection over my son. I was beyond grateful that He kept Steve safe.
Why would God allow him to have an accident at all? We can’t fully know the mind of God, but I believe, as followers of Christ, we are not exempt from the trials and suffering of normal life on earth. We live in a fallen world with all of its consequences. Yes, God does sometimes intervene. Other times He walks through the difficulties with us. In Steve’s case, God did protect him, but in doing so, He gave us evidence of his love and his care. If Steve had not gone over that bank, we would have missed seeing the power of God. Both of my sons were incredulous that God had forewarned me. What a witness to my family!
God had spoken to me and demonstrated his love and his power. I did not know at the time that God was preparing me for a crisis that would soon arise. I did know that God had given me another powerful foundation stone to bolster my faith.
As we share our stories of faith we spur one another toward a closer walk with God. I encourage you to share your walk through the obstacle course that is your life. The experiences we share may encourage other followers of Jesus to grow in their faith. Let’s know Jesus. Let’s grow in our relationship with Jesus and let’s go and share the love of Jesus so others may also walk with the creator of the universe. God cares!
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. – Isaiah 41:10
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