Commemorating God’s Faithfulness

Half way between nowhere and nowhere…

… I looked down at the gauge to see the needle pointing directly at “E”. I knew I had needed to fill up before leaving the dorm, but in the nievity of my eighteen years I had packed up the car and headed toward home without a thought for the fuel it would take to get there. My mind was preoccupied with thoughts of travel time and my afternoon workshift. I was wishing I had not cut my time so close. It was my first solo trip to visit a dear high school friend at her new college home and I tried to squeeze every minute from my weekend getaway. I slipped out silently in the early hours of Monday morning, hoping not to rouse my friend or her roommates. They were probably just waking up as my car began losing momentum, two hours along the desolate drive. I scanned the side of the empty country road ahead. Seeing a small turnout in the distance I coasted into it with the last of my fumes. Now what? I sent a silent plea up to my seemingly distant God, hoping He would help me. I was still wrestling with the seeds of faith that had been planted in my youth. I knew that He was real and that He hears us when we call, but I had yet to realize the joy of walking side by side in the presence of His great love. 

“In Your presence is fullness of joy” Psalm 16:11   
Because Your steadfast love  is better than life, My lips will praise You.” Psalm 63:3

But despite my own hesitation, He did not hesitate to reach out to me, for an all-knowing God recognizes his children long before we recognize Him. He walks beside us even before we know his presence. He will not neglect to lead us even if we choose not to follow.

if we are faithless, he will remain faithful” 2Timothy 2:13  

He lead me that day down a small dirt road where a glimmer of red shone in the distance. He lead me down a dusty trail where the sound of voices were heard; two men with their fishing poles in hand, chatting next to a stream in a language unfamiliar. Although they did not seem to understand my words, they understood my need for help. One man left his pole with his friend and in a matter of minutes, his red truck was parked next to my car, a syphoning hose conveniently brought out of the back, and gas was syphoned from his tank into mine. Overwhelmed with gratitude, I searched my purse for something to show my appreciation. I offered him the only ten dollars I could find, but he would not accept it. He simply placed his hands upon his heart, a gesture to imply that it was the desire of His heart to help me in my time of need. I thanked him as I climbed into the car and started the engine. I leaned out the window to thank him again as I started to drive off. Recognizing the potential dangers that did not occur, through tears I sent a silent thank you to my God, who seemed a little closer now, and in the distance I heard a reply. In the only recognizable words spoken by the kind man who helped me, he called out, “God bless!” 

Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God,” Psalm 146:5
He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him…” Psalm 91:15

14 thoughts on “Commemorating God’s Faithfulness”

  1. "all-knowing God recognizes his children long before we recognize Him." *love*

    isn't God good!?! i'm certain you have more stories. that is God's way.

    i have similar stories,too. stories where God tangible swooped in and rescued doubting me. how he loves us! and i forget. i forget to "look back, hope forward" (a phrase God has given me). look back at all his faithfulness, and hope in him for the present, the future.
    i'm a stupid israelite sometimes…
    BUT GOD.
    grateful there is always a "But God."

  2. Oh yes, this thought has entered my mind many times. "For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways" Psalm 91:11 Thrilled that you could see that. 🙂 Likely because they guarded you in all your ways as well. Such a wonderful story you shared today. Oh how He loves us! So glad you came by today Jo!

  3. Tara, thank you! Creating pictures is my favorite hobby! Through photography and writing. 🙂 I was so blessed by your precious letter to your daughter today. Especially moved by the truth and wisdom of that last line.

  4. So glad you clicked over today Jessica, because I just LOVE the art project you shared on your blog. It's on the to do list! I was also blessed to see your love and concern for the hearts of your children…Beautiful post. Thanks for stopping by and leaving sweet words for me.

  5. I truly Believe that His Angels are all around us! Who knew He was in the gas business? : ) I am happy that you were safe in that scary situation!

    Heb 13:2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

  6. stopping over from write it girls and i'm SO glad i did!! i love this post today and it's blessed me!

    "… but I had yet to realize the joy of walking side by side in the presence of His great love." that was SO me in my late teens, early youth. unfortunately, it wasn't until my mid-30's that i finally found myself walking in JOY beside Him.

  7. loved what you shared, Stacy 🙂 I love how He has protected you and provided for you when you needed it. Praises to His Name!!! 🙂

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