Good morning. It is Monday, June 14, 2021.
Several years ago, I was rushing to get out the door and onto the interstate. Things were not going as I had planned, and we were late getting in the car. Once we pulled out of our driveway the car in front of us was going 10 miles per hour under the speed limit. Once we got to town, we hit every light red and I could feel my frustration growing. Finally, we got on the freeway and things felt a bit better, but I was still feeling the frustration.
We had been on the road for a few minutes when we came around a corner and there ahead of us was a large wreck. It had just happened; maybe 10 minutes before we came upon it. I suddenly felt impressed with the fact that all those delays, all those things that were causing me great anxiety and frustration were intended to save me from that wreck ahead. There was no doubt in my mind.
Holly Winter was supposed to have a reunion with her two best friends from college, but her mother insisted on coming to New York city to visit, telling her “it felt like the right time to visit.” Holly said she begged her mom to change her plans, but mom insisted. Holly lost her two friends that day at the World Trade Center, September 11, 2001.
James Stefurak had a routine that had him at the Trade Center by 9am, without fail, but for some reason he was running about 20 minutes behind that morning. It saved his life.
On September 10, 2001, George Keith was driving his brand-new BMW through Central Park when for some reason the vehicle shifted into first gear. He made an appointment at the dealership for 7am the next day hoping to make his 8am meeting. However, the mechanics refused to work before 8am, making him wait an extra hour for a 3-minute fix. It saved his life.
Laura Sorokoff rode the subway through the World Trade Center station on her commute every morning, that was until she was laid off on Friday, September 7, 2001.
(Source: Twists of Fate That Saved These People's Lives on 9/11 | Reader's Digest)
John 13:7 ESV “Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.”
Delays, inconveniences, frustrations, unexpected repairs, all turned out to be life-saving events.
Two weeks after being let go from a job I loved, and having no idea what the future would hold, I heard God ask me, "Jeanette what if you could know this was my plan for you?" I felt peace. I now work at Better Life, surrounded by Christians who love Jesus and look forward to His second coming.
Psalm 56:3-4 “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?”
When one of my good friends died of lung cancer at the age of 44, I asked my mom, "Why does God answer little prayers like black velvet pants, but not the bigger prayers like healing?" My mom, in all her wisdom, answered, "God answers the little prayers so we can trust Him with the bigger prayers." Trust.
Faith, Peace, Trust. These are all necessary “actions” for a follower of Christ.
My prayer, not only for me, but for you as well, is that we trust God in all things.
When things do not go the way we want, trust Him! When we are delayed, trust Him. When we are fired from a job, trust Him! When we have car trouble or we are stuck behind a slowpoke, trust Him. We will never know, this side of Heaven, what God is up to and how He works in our lives.
Psalm 143:8 ESV “Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.”