Psalm 55:22

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“Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee. He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.” – Psalm 55:22

Christ the Redeemer statue overlooking Rio de Janeiro

I was driving home from a meeting this evening about 5, stuck in traffic on Colorado Blvd., and the car started to choke and splutter and die.
I barely managed to coast, cursing, into a gas station, glad only that I would not be blocking traffic and would have a somewhat warm spot to wait for the tow truck. It wouldn’t even turn over. Before I could make the call, I saw a woman walking out of the “quickie mart” building, and it looked like she slipped on some ice and fell into a gas pump, so I got out to see if she was okay.
When I got there, it looked more like she had been overcome by sobs than that she had fallen. She was a young woman who looked really haggard with dark circles under her eyes. She dropped something as I helped her up, and I picked it up to give it to her. It was a nickel.
At that moment, everything came into focus for me: the crying woman, the ancient Suburban crammed full of stuff with 3 kids in the back (1 in a car seat), and the gas pump reading $4.95.
I asked her if she was okay and if she needed help, and she just kept saying “don’t want my kids to see me crying,” so we stood on the other side of the pump from her car. She said she was driving to California and that things were very hard for her right now. So I asked, “And you were praying?” That made her back away from me a little, but I assured her I was not a crazy person and said, “He heard you, and He sent me.”
I took out my card and swiped it through the card reader on the pump so she could fill up her car completely, and while it was fueling, walked to the next door McDonald’s and bought 2 big bags of food, some gift certificates for more, and a big cup of coffee. She gave the food to the kids in the car, who attacked it like wolves, and we stood by the pump eating fries and talking a little.
She told me her name, and that she lived in Kansas City. Her boyfriend left 2 months ago and she had not been able to make ends meet. She knew she wouldn’t have money to pay rent Jan 1, and finally in desperation had finally called her parents, with whom she had not spoken in about 5 years. They live in California and said she could come live with them and try to get on her feet there.
So she packed up everything she owned in the car. She told the kids they were going to California for Christmas, but not that they were going to live there.
I gave her my gloves, a little hug and said a quick prayer with her for safety on the road. As I was walking over to my car, she said, “So, are you like an angel or something?”
This definitely made me cry. I said, “Sweetie, at this time of year angels are really busy, so sometimes God uses regular people.”
It was so incredible to be a part of someone else’s miracle. And of course, you guessed it, when I got in my car it started right away and got me home with no problem. I’ll put it in the shop tomorrow to check, but I suspect the mechanic won’t find anything wrong.
Sometimes the angels fly close enough to you that you can hear the flutter of their wings. Friends are God’s way of taking care of us. Be a friend in need for someone today!
H/t Doc’s Wife.

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0 responses to “Psalm 55:22

  1. lowtechgrannie

    I’m typing with tears in my eyes. Testimonies like this get me through the day! Praise the Lord!

  2. This email always makes me cry but I think the more important message for us is that we must listen to our inner voices . Sometimes when God calls us He is using a quiet voice or another person. Be kind, help others, live up to the principles in our hearts. The world is in chaos but we can make the world in our small inner circle one of peace, generosity and love. Have faith, pray diligently and act accordingly.

  3. I love this story.

  4. Thanks Doc’s Wife and Eowyn for sharing this story. It’s a good reminder to me to step back when things are going wrong for me and ask if there’s something God needs me to do.

  5. Well, ditto and “Amen!” to all of the above, everything’s been well and truly said by them for me.

  6. Love it…

  7. What joyous news on your future son-in-law, sage! He and your daughter are beginning their marriage in the right manner. May God bless their union and their children to come! 😀

  8. This is a good day for me to make one of my periodic “gratitude lists”.

  9. The modern “Good Samaritan”, it’s heartwarming to know such people are out there. Love of God; Love of neighbour: Love of Country; when one goes out all go out. Deo Gratias America. Quo vadis Europa?


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