When Your Car Breaks Down on the Road of Life
"Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked. Once I spent a whole night and a day adrift at sea." 2 Corinthians 11:25
I often wonder just what God was doing in the life of Paul through these trials, and that night and day he was adrift at sea.
Was He speaking softly to Paul’s heart in the quiet beneath the stars? Or perhaps He was quickening his spirit and revealing some small piece of His divine plan. It is a mystery to me.
God always knows just exactly what we need and when we need it, though we fail to understand fully all that He is doing in and through our circumstances.
One New Year’s Eve, my brother’s car broke down on the road from Canada to Texas. My brother, sister and I were college students returning to school after visiting our parents in Saskatchewan during Christmas break. Fortunately, there was a mechanic’s shop that happened to be open all night on New Year's Eve in North Dakota.
I did a lot of praying and wondering about why this happened on this particular night and in this particular small town. I’ll probably never fully understand all of the reasons. But what I do know is that God got my attention long enough to speak softly to my heart.
And I listened.
Is your car broken down on the road of life? Perhaps you’ve been adrift for more than a whole night and a day. Is God speaking softly to your heart?
Maybe it’s time you listened.