Is 43:1-2 – But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
On the road! What an adventure – to open the laptop and see this verse made me smile, and I added my own saying to the last line: “…neither shall the tire flatten up thee!” I may not have gone through the waters or the fire, but I had my moments on this 1900 km trip so far – one incident was a tire that decided it was tired of upholding my Rav. Long story short, I left 4 hours late after someone put in some ‘stop leak’ solution, but that caused a vibration, so it was removed. I finally decided to see how far I could go, as I wanted to cross the border before it closed. I did some major praying – “God, please keep that tire up until I can get to my brother’s place.” (He’s a mechanic so I knew he could get me on the road again.) Every day for three days that was my main prayer, and I took back roads so that if the tire blew, I could at least walk for help (phone is off as it’s a Canadian, not American). I pulled into my brother’s Wed evening and carried in a load. As we walked back to my car, I blinked. Before our very eyes, my tire sighed and gave up the ghost. I pulled out my pressure gauge – I had twelve pounds in it. My brother laughed. “Boy, you believe in specific prayer don’t you?” I shrugged. “I told God that if I could just get to you, I’d be happy. So here I happily am!”
That may not be as dark as the rivers some of you have been or are going through – but isn’t it great to have a God that cares about every detail in our lives? Answered prayer is something we forget to thank Him for enough. When He calls us by name and makes us His, we can turn to Him in the good and the bad times. I don’t know what the rest of the trip may bring, but I have a new tire and will keep trusting God to give me wisdom as I continue my journey.
PS – The photos are the Model T Ford Jonathan’s neighbor has – an option if my Rav gives out, right?! The peaceful countryside I’ve been driving along, and a nice evening bike ride sight.
Also, this is coming early as I leave my brother's tomorrow and then don't know when I'll have internet access again. So enjoy now, or re-read on Sunday! I knew getting this out each Sunday would be dicey when on the road, so glad I had this chance!
February 26, 2021
What a week! As a teacher on a Hutterite colony for grade 5-12, life is non-stop from 9:00-3:30. This coming Friday is the end of quarter, so report cards will be due. So that always makes one extra busy.
But I had 2 highlights in this week.
The first: I came home and stumbled over something on my step. When I picked it up and entered, I found out I was holding MY copy of my book! I felt like a mother receiving her first child. The awe and wonder of holding something I'd created and labored over for - yes, about nine months- well, that is quite the feeling.
The second: Last night the doorbell rang. I answered and a man stood there with a floral arrangement. I was sure he'd come to the wrong house, but he had the right name. Imagine my amazement when I saw that friends from the States had arranged these lovely roses to be delivered to celebrate this milestone in my life. In today's Covid restrictions, such a thoughtful, kind gesture means SO much! I never get flowers, so I'm still just smiling over it.