Tuesday, January 25, 2011

An Unexpected Brush with God

I had a really neat experience early this morning. I took my truck into the shop for some routine maintenance and when I got home, my Internet was down. I had planned on working on a shop full of computers, all needing Internet access to perform the repairs. Instead, God gave me a little extra time to reflect on what had just happened and I wrote it up. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did being part of this beautiful morning.
God's blessings on your day!

An Unexpected Brush with God
I went to drop my truck off at my local mechanic for a 75,000 mile going over from stem to stern this morning. I only live about 6 blocks from the shop and was going to walk home. For those of you that don’t know me, I have a computer repair business and one of my customers is this old time mechanic shop. I’m friends with all of the service writers and have always jokingly called an older porter there “Easy Money” whenever I would see him. He’s always smiling and has a good word for everybody he encounters as he ferries customers home in their cars or pumps gas at one of the last full service gas stations in the world. I soon found out the secret to his wonderful attitude. As we got into the truck, he commented on how nice it was. I told him I had bought it used a year and a half ago after a wreck in which I should have been killed and that it was in the split second after realizing I didn’t have a scratch on me I had felt in no uncertain terms that the Lord was blessing my going on my first mission trip to Africa. Before that, I was wavering. He then told me of a wonderful ministry he has at a nursing home, having been there the night before. He always brings some familiar Scripture with him like “For God so loved the world……” and sings songs like “Jesus Loves Me” with the seniors. Outsiders always wanted to know why it was such a happy place when he was around. He always just points to the sky and smiles. When we pulled up to my house, we dallied for a minute or two longer, sharing our witness with each other. We then held hands and he prayed a most powerful and moving prayer over both of our ministries. And to think I was going to walk home. That early morning 6 block ride was something God had planned all along. Who knows? It may lead to opening one or both of our hearts to new ministry opportunities, perhaps with each other. One thing is for sure, I need to be certain I’m always using my “Jesus eyes” when I see what appear to be ordinary people in everyday circumstances. You never know who He will place in your path as an incredible reminder of His boundless love. What a way to start the day!