As I was riding down the road with my sweet friend Emily this morning, the majority of the thoughts that consumed me were centered around not getting sick in the car and begging God for the grace to make it through my icky Colonoscopy. Although I was not at all thrilled to be on my way to such and invasive test, I was rather pleased to be spending time with my sweet Shanaenae. Conversation was good, (when I wasn’t busy convincing myself to not throw up) and as always the music was perfect for encounter with Jesus.
Encounter we ask for, encounter we receive.
Just as we reached the I70/C470 Junction, we hit a patch of ice. Upon hitting said ice, Em’s car jerked a little to the right. Before we knew it, her car did a complete 360 degree spin and headed off the side of the road. I must add that off to the side of the road there was no flat land with beautiful flowers and plush grass. No. Instead, there was snow and ice and a pretty significant drop. As the car the left the road, my thoughts were, “I just know the car is going to flip. I just know it. I have always wondered what it felt like to see death. Sweet Jesus, I love you.”
Did our car flip? Of course not. Did we die? Of course not. Were we injured? Of course not. Was the car hurt? Of course not. You see, it wasn’t possible for any of these things to occur because there were nice huge angels sitting on top of the car. In fact, in the words of Emily, “they were just enjoying the ride.” They knew all along that we would be fine, so they just had fun with it.
The fact that we were completely fine did not take away from the fact that we terrified. As we managed to drive up out of the icy ditch, we both shook with fear and love at the same time. Our sweet father cared so much about us that He kept us from hitting any cars on a quite busy interstate, kept all other cars from hitting us, and place His finger on the top of the car so that it would not flip.
As we drove away, our conversation, I would imagine, was not the typical conversation held after such an event. We just began thanking the Lord for His love for us, for His mercy, and for His grace. How sweet of Him, in this particular season of proclaiming truth, to use such a crazy event to solidify such a beautiful truth.
The truth is this: He has huge plans for us, plans that don’t include dying in a ditch. We have a purpose in His kingdom and a sweet sweet destiny. He wants to use us all across the world to plant His special seeds and speak His beautiful truth into the lives of many. It’s gonna be wild. It’s gonna be great. It’s gonna be full of Him. He cares so much about us that He will wrap His protective arms around us for the entire journey. He will never leave us, and He will always reveal Himself to us when we least expect it.
The point of all of this is to encourage you to always look for the Lord in every situation. Choose to dwell not on the horrible circumstances, but instead on the creative ways that God reveals His beautiful love for you. It’s greater than you could ever imagine.