This past weekend we took a trip to the Sight and Sound Theater near Lancaster PA. (www.sight-sound.com) to see Joseph, about a 6 hour drive. Because of all my traveling this year I earned Marriott points that I was able to use for our 2 hotel rooms. The catch was that when I went to redeem some of the points for our hotel stay, the closest hotel was about 45 minutes away from the theater. This of course did not make me real happy but we were able to save the cost of the two hotel rooms.
Well we arrive in the area early afternoon and went to the hotel to freshen up. We left our hotel room early enough to meet my niece and her family for dinner prior to the show that evening. On the way, the oil pressure would drop real low when we would slow down and we began hearing some “ticking” coming from the engine. Although I had recently had the oil changed about 2 month prior, I knew immediately that I was getting dangerously low on oil.
We were able to stop at a nearby convenience store and check the oil levels which of course I couldn’t even see it on the ten foot dip stick. Well actually it was only about 3.5 feet but it seemed like 10 feet. While I was filling up the oil, a young man named Mike came along and asked if we needed any assistance. I told him my problem and he said that he works on cars for living and would be glad to help us.
He looked under the van and said the oil filter was loose and that it appeared that the old gasket was not removed so I wasn’t getting a good seal and that is why I lost my oil. We finished filling the oil and followed him to his home. In short time he had the van fixed and us back on the road again.
While we were driving away we were commenting on how the Lord provided just the right person to be at just the right spot at just the right time to help us. For this we were all very grateful. It took one of our boys to remind us that we would not have been at the little store at the right time and the right place if God had not planned for us to stay at the hotel 45 minutes away.
You know, God knows what we need and what the future has in store for us. If God had allowed us to have a hotel closer to the theater we would have missed out on His miraculous working. If He had allowed us to have our way and not His will, we could have been stranded for hours by the wayside and could have paid hundreds of dollars for repairs or even thousands for a new engine.
Thank you Lord for supplying our needs and not always our wants! Far too often I get discouraged or even upset when I don’t get my way. Let me not forget your grace and mercy in our lives and how you care for our every needs. Let me be ever grateful for your provision. You truly are my Jehovah-Jireh!
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” – Phil 4:19
“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy acknowledge him and he shall direct thy path.”. – Prov 3:5-6
September 22, 2010 at 10:17 AM
Excellent post, Donn! It thrills my heart that one of your sons would be ‘thinking on things above’ and see a Spiritual application in the trial you all expericened 🙂 He has wise and Godly parents who are training him in the way he should go!!