“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
“God reaches” in my life are a daily constant. I don’t know how anyone can walk this life without that reality. The truth is, He is, whether or not there is awareness on our part.
That does not mean I walk around with my head in the clouds, oblivious of life’s daily challenges or needs. It does mean that the curve balls, challenges and resistance have a back drop of the presence of a loving Father who looks out for me.
God Reaches In Sudden-lies
On a recent road trip from Kansas to Texas, I had one of those “God reaches” moments. On cruse control at the speed limit of 75 MPH, and in the company of other road warriors in their vehicles, I hit something in the road as I changed lanes from right to left. I looked back and did not see anything in the road. Thinking I was just a bump in the lane change, I continued.
A few minutes later, my little red Pontiac Vibe simply went out of control! I found myself catapulted over to the left side of the road headed for the grass. Remembering to not over correct, I managed to stay on the road, but then found myself headed back to the right side of the road at almost 90 degrees.
At some point I taped the brakes to cut off the cruise control and slow down. The anti-skid kicked in, a dark mid-sized sedan in the right lane zipped by as I passed, what seemed like, inches behind it. I came to a stop with my front wheels off the pavement on the right side of I-35.
What Was That?
Still not knowing what had happened, I sat stunned for a few minutes. The folks in the black sedan stopped to check on me. A highway patrol officer pulled up with lights on.
“Are you OK? Did you blow a tire?” he asked, as he approached.
“I have no idea?” was my response, as I sat dazed. The other couple asked if I was OK. “I will be” admitting to myself that I was a bit shaken!
I got out of the car as the officer confirmed indeed, indeed, that the right, rear tire had blown. In fact, it was shredded. The smell of burning rubber in the air further confirmed the cause of this short wild ride.
As the officer kindly helped change the tire, he commended me for keeping the car upright. I responded by giving voice to the thankful prayers to God for His gracious hand, not at all sure my skills had much to do with it.
God Reaches – Nothing Missing, Nothing Broken
Miraculously. the car, the wheel rim on which the shredded tire remained, and the other drivers sharing the road with me were completely undamaged. Having driven this route for almost 20 years at regular intervals, I am aware of the devastating accidents that do occur. Many, I am sure due to a tire failure. When God reaches protection is sure.
With the spare in place, the officer directed me to a tire store in a nearby town. He followed me to ensure I arrived safely. Two new tires and an hour later I was back on the road still thanking God for His watchful hand.
Not A One Time Thing
This was not the only time a God Reach occurred for me in southern Oklahoma. The other time, I was flying my plane north when an engine failure required an emergency landing just 19 miles south of this location!
I will say that in both rather extreme situations, the folks in that area of Oklahoma were most kind, helpful and supportive. If one encounters an emergency, this is the place to do so!
Do you have a “God Reach” moment to share? Please do so in the comments or by emailing me at: Nhcullen@cfaith.com. Let’s take time to remember and give thanks. Oh yes, Don’t forget to subscribe!