“God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles” (Hebrews 2:4, AV)
While in the study of 1 Corinthians, I felt is necessary to divert for this post and share something that happened to us today. I decided to take my wife out for lunch since she is having surgery tomorrow. So, we headed out in our Prius to the restaurant. We were on the four-lane highway that had a middle turn lane. When I was in my twenties, we commonly named the center turn lane as the suicide lane for a reason. It is a dangerous lane.
Anyway, we were heading up the highway and needed to make a left hand turn into the restaurant. The middle, suicide lane, was clear. I always check it for vehicles and pedestrians before pulling over. Well, I pulled over and was slowing down when my life flashed before my eyes. An 18-wheeler pulled into the lane right in front of us coming in our direction. We could not get back into the ongoing traffic lane and we could not turn left because of the heavy traffic.
When you see an 18-wheeler heading right at you it is a bit daunting. The only thing I could think to do was pray. Well, it was a miracle, the truck saw us and stopped. Now we were both facing one another in what looked like a stalemate. Neither of us was at our turn. The truck started to back up and then there was an opening in the traffic so we could turn into a parking lot adjacent to the restaurant’s parking lot. Disaster averted. We watched as the truck drove about another 1000-feet or so to his turn.
What is the point of all this? Well, while there is purpose in everything, we may not truly know everything that God is doing in the situations of our lives. But there are two things we learned today. First, during the Summer when the traffic is at its busiest, we should not be trying to turn left from the suicide lane. Second, and most importantly, we learned that God is still in control. We immediately gave the glory to God for His protection and answer to prayer. He bore witness to us that He is on the throne and does hear our prayers.
Interestingly, when we sat at lunch, my wife paraphrased from her devotions in Psalm 65, explaining how God was the one who worked in miraculous ways so that people would be in awe of Him.
5By awesome deeds you answer us with righteousness, O God of our salvation, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas;
6the one who by his strength established the mountains, being girded with might;
7who stills the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, the tumult of the peoples,
8so that those who dwell at the ends of the earth are in awe at your signs. You make the going out of the morning and the evening to shout for joy. (Psalm 65:5–8, ESV)
We rejoice in the greatness of our God.