For the handful of you who read my blog and know I usually post Monday-Thursday might have noticed that I didn’t post last Wednesday or Thursday. On Wednesday I had the privilege of attending a simulcast of the Elephant Room in Canton, Michigan outside of Detroit. At the conference they had pastors Mark Driscoll, James MacDonald, Crawford Loritts, Wayne Cordeiro, Steven Furtick, TD Jakes, and Jack Graham. The discussed numerous topics that impact our churches and communities. In the next week I will be sharing several things that I feel God spoke to me about during that event but today I wanted to share with you something that happened afterwards.
About 5 p.m. the event ended, I got in my car, and reached the first traffic light on my way back home to Toledo. When I was coming to a stop my car made a sound similar to gravel being put into a garbage disposal and then my car learched forward. I put my car in park, got out, and looked underneath and saw nothing. So I got back in drove the car over to a gas station, called my wife to let her know what was going on. I then drove over to an empty parking lot across the street to see how the car would drive and if I would be able to make it home….it didn’t take long to see that was not going to happen. I also quickly realized that if I called the tow truck I had no idea how to describe where I was so I got back in the car and very carefully drove the minute or so back to the church where I knew the address.
After I arrived back at the church I noticed that the drivers side front wheel was beginning to tilt in and then it happened, I heard a clunk and the whole front left side sank down on the wheel. When the tow truck driver arrived they quickly diagnosed that my ball bearing was broken on the car. I rode with them in the front of the truck and got towed to a local shop where they began working on my car. Thankfully my lovely wife was not working and was able to drive an hour to pick me up.
Before my car had broken down I was only a minute or two from getting on I-75 where in Michigan the speed limit is 70 mph. If that part had completely broken when I was driving 70 mph instead of sitting in the church parking lot I probably would have spun out uncontrollably until I hit something which could have seriously hurt or killed myself or others. Why do I bring this up?
I think at times it can be easy to pray for those things we see happening around us such as a test coming up, a rough relationship, a sick family member, financial problems, or a personal struggle that we see but what about those things we don’t see? Those events in our lives that never happen that God protects us from?
When I got back to that church and as I waited the 45 minutes for the tow truck to arrive I prayed for a couple things 1. That the cost of the repairs would not be so much that I would have a heart attack and then have to go to the hospital. 2. I thanked God that He looked out for me and let my car break down when it did.
That might seem kind of strange thanking God for my car breaking down but honestly I think it is those things that God protects from that we never have to experience that we should be just as thankful for. We can see the blessings that God has given us in our lives and the hurts that are around us but have you taken time to thank God for the ways he has looked out for you when you didn’t even know?