This week, I had an appointment that was a three-hour drive from home. I packed an overnight bag, uncertain if I would make the return trip back on the same day. Then loaded it and my dogs in the car. Because my tank was half empty, I knew I would need to stop for fuel on my excursion.
To stay alert and stretch my legs, I require frequent stops on trips so the gas level was of no concern. I would meander through plenty of rural towns before reaching my destination. The day started with a light morning fog, but shortly, it gave way to glorious sunshine making it a beautiful drive.
At the halfway point, I pulled into a gas station to fill up my tank. I reached for my purse but discovered it was nowhere in the vehicle. Shock rattled my senses as I became aware I didn’t have any means to purchase gas—no cash (except the loose coins in the center console), no checkbook, credit card, or debit card. I didn’t even have my driver’s license! All were in my purse at home.
My mind raced as I started counting the coins. In irritation, I said, “That’s stupid. There’s little more than a gallon at best.” I quit the futile counting, knowing I was stranded. I didn’t have enough fuel to go back home or enough to get to my destination.
‘This is bad, what are you going to do?’ Fear, panic, and stress tried to overwhelm my brain.
In desperation, I called Dad and told him my plight. Hearing his voice, provided relief, “Dad, I’m in a pinch. I need help. If the station will take your credit card over the phone, will you fill my tank? I’ll pay you back.” His affirmation and assurance offered calm to my hopeless situation.
I entered the station with renewed hope, explained my circumstance, and asked the cashier if he would accept payment from my dad over the phone, “We don’t do that. We’ve never done that. I’d need to ask the manager.”
“Please ask, I’m stuck if you won’t do this.” In an appeal for empathy, I added, “I’m on my way to a doctor’s appointment. Without fuel, I won’t make it, but I can’t make it home either.” The manager appeared and restated what the cashier had said. I retold my situation, and she softened and worked with me. Once on the road again, I was filled with gratitude and relief.
The averted crisis gave room for reflection. Here is what I took away:
• When helpless, cry out to the Heavenly Father.
• When I call upon the LORD, he answers.
• Hearing God’s voice renews hope.
• God’s affirmation and assurance provide calm in the midst of life stress.
• In hopeless situations, God can get me back on the road.
Dear Reader, are you confident of the LORD’s rescue? Do you trust He will answer if you call out to Him? The Scriptures are full of people who called to the LORD in their time of need and God rescued them.
“I called to the LORD in my distress, and I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears” (Psalm 18:6, CSB).
“Call on me in a day of trouble; I will rescue you, and you will honor me” (Psalm 50:15, CSB).
“I love the LORD because he has heard my appeal for mercy. Because he has turned his ear to me, I will call out to him as long as I live” (Psalm 116:1-2, CSB).
“I called on your name, LORD, from deep within the pit. You heard me when I cried, ‘Listen to my pleading! Hear my cry for help!’ Yes, you came when I called; you told me, ‘Do not fear’ ” (Lamentations 3:55-57, NLT).
Dear Father God, thank You for providing help when I call out to You. Thank You for loving me and renewing hope when it is slipping away. You are gracious and benevolent to Your children. Your kindness is undeserved. Let Your name be praised forever more. Amen.
P.S. I want to give a shout-out recommendation for another great Dad story. Gary Fultz, the author of the blog “God’s Ways are Different” has a post titled “Green Rivers” worth checking out. Click the link for a blessed read.
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