Sunday, April 18, 2010

Mom Made Me Hitch-Hike!

Summer School was to begin in just a few days, and there was one big problem! My summer school was clear across town, too far to walk, and the bus workers were on strike!

With no busses running, and no settlement anywhere in sight, my mother sat me down for a serious discussion.

Mother said, “You are 15 years old and smart enough to make wise choices, so this is what you can do.” She continued to lay out a plan whereby I would arrive at my destination in plenty of time.

My mother instructed me to walk the three blocks to the bus-stop and sit on the bench located at the traffic signals. When a car stopped for the red light and a woman was in the car, I was to approach the vehicle and ask if they were traveling down town. The next step was tricky because that would be my transfer spot. At that point, I was to ask if the person was going up Telegraph.

In almost every case, I received a ride all the way to down-town Broadway. Miraculously, I was taken, daily, right to the door of my school. Again, on the way back home, the reverse plan worked every time! Each day the Lord provided me with just the right circumstances and proper vehicles to escort me to and from school.

Two weeks went by and the strike was finally settled. In a way I was relieved, but riding the bus system was so slow! I had made better time as a hitch-hiker than riding the bus ever afforded!

In the Bible, I am reminded of people who found themselves in difficult circumstances where there appeared to be no way out of the situation. Yet, God provided Manna in the desert, and water to drink when there was none. God caused enemies to fight each other, and at other times, the enemies of God’s people heard and saw the spiritual army of the Lord and ran in terror.

Today we face challenges and dilemmas that may appear as if there is a no way out! The actual fact is that God has not changed. Our part is to expect Him to bring to pass just what we need for each hour of our day.

No, we are not to sit on the top of the mountain and blissfully do nothing. We have a role to play. When God furnishes us with instructions that may seem strange or out of place, our part is to consider acting upon them. It is not a time to make excuses or to question “Why”. He has given each of us His wisdom to make those wise, sensible and correct choices. That is what He expects us to do.

God often reveals our future to us, one step at a time. I’ve noticed that He won’t go much further, until we have obeyed the instructions He has already given us.

Is God asking you to trust Him? Then that is what you need to do! Step out and trust Him.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and he shall direct your paths.

Psalms 91:2 I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

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