After her walk in the rain, she got in her car to head home. Home was about an hour away, through mostly uninhabited areas. There was the one small town between where she was and where she was going, but it was too small for even a traffic light. So she thought it would be an easy drive, especially in the early pre-dawn hours. She prayed like she usually did before making the drive, only this time her prayer was not about getting her safely home without delays or problems. It was that He would get her home according to His will. Why did she change her prayer, she wondered. That was strange. But she just shrugged and drove out of the parking lot.
Thirty minutes later, as she entered that very small town, her car began to overheat. She watched with growing panic as the needle on the temperature gauge climbed steadily towards the HOT section.
She was still almost 30 minutes from home. No way would she be able to make it. As she slowed down and studied the few buildings she was passing, all closed up and dark, she began complaining.
“Why can’t this have happened after I got home? There are people there who can help me. I don’t know anyone in this town. Besides, they’re all sleeping anyway. So what am I going to do? I don’t even know where to get water. This is just my luck! If something is going to go wrong, it sure will. Look at that gauge! I can’t keep driving, or the radiator might explode or something. Where should I stop? Man, I’m so tired! Why did I have to go walking in the rain? If I had come straight home, the gas station would have still been open…” On and on she went, getting more worried by the minute.
Finally she turned to God.
“Why are you letting this happen, Lord?” she demanded. “Aren’t You supposed to be taking care of me?”
In her spirit she heard Him clearly. “What did you ask me before you started driving?”
She thought for a moment, then remembered. ‘Get me home according to Your will.’
“Yeah, but I didn’t mean this!”
Trust Him? He wasn’t the one in a overheating car in the middle of the night, without even a flashlight. Or was He?
“OK. Where do I stop?”
Just then she saw lights ahead of her. As she got nearer, she saw that it was a small restaurant. Could it actually be open? As she looked through the large glass windows, she could see a waitress serving a man. So she pulled into the parking lot and went inside. Despite, or maybe because of, her appearance – a young girl, soaking wet and all alone – the waitress and man were happy to help her. After a small mishap with the radiator cap, the man managed to refill the radiator with the water the waitress brought him. And the car was ready to make the last leg of the trip home.
Back on the road, she thought about what had just happened. And was thankful that that man just happened to be in that restaurant just as she was passing it. The restaurant could have been empty, considering time of day it was. Coincidence? She shook her head. Jesus had told her to trust Him. And He was right. She learned that even if things go wrong, He can be trusted to take care of her.
Hmmm… maybe He was behind her changing her prayer in order to provide her with this experience in trusting Him. That would explain a lot. He was sneaky that way sometimes.
“You are amazing,” she told Him. ‘But next time, can we just wait until I get home?”