Have you ever had one of those days where you just wanted to get away from it all? I have and I learned a few valuable lessons in the process. The kids were still little at the time but I remember it as if it were yesterday.
I was in the middle of fixing lunch when it just hit me. My simplistic routine was closing in on me. I prayed as a hot tired tear dripped across my cheek. “Lord, I need a break. No kids. No noise. No loud TV’s, radios or phones. No distractions. A quiet moment all alone with You.” I daydreamed of a mini vacation, all alone, overlooking the water in a posh hotel. And I prayed, ” Lord, I need a mini vacation. I want to sit and watch the sun dance on the water. I need a moment to regroup with You. Lord, money is tight but I know you can make a way where there seems to be no way. I really need a break.” The day went on as usual. My afternoon frustration was soon forgotten in the busyness of it all.
Several days later. I had a sitter watch the kids so I could go pay some bills. I was soon out the door. I hit the interstate and was singing along with the car radio, thinking to myself, “life is good.” When all of a sudden my car started sputtering. The radio went quiet, then the engine died. I drifted to the far right and soon found myself stuck on a bridge in the very narrow emergency lane. Cars flew past me on the interstate. I tried to roll down the window but it didn’t budge. There wasn’t enough room to even open the car door. I rummaged through my purse for my phone. Slightly panicked, I dumped the contents into the passenger seat. What? No phone! “Lord, I have to get home.” The cars on the interstate zoomed past. I kinda marveled at how well my car kept the noise of it all out. The rushing wind in their wake did hum as it gently rocked my car. I rested my head on the steering wheel. I wanted to cry but cried out instead. “UGH! Now what?” That’s when I noticed the view to my right.
I looked over the bridge rail and saw the sun sparkling. It looked like little diamonds on the rippled movement of the water. I busted out laughing. God must have a real sense of humor. I was stranded on a bridge. My car had no power. I had no phone. I was left with no choice but sit and watch the sun dance on the water. No kids. No loud TVs, radios or phones. No noise, other than the rhythmic hum of cars rushing past me. No mind rattling distractions. A quiet moment all alone with God. All I could do was laugh. Pure joy. It wasn’t the break I had daydreamed of but it was surely the break I needed.
The Department of Transportation’s Safety Service Patrol eventually came along. I was able to use their phone to call the sitter and triple A. My car went on to a repair shop to get a new alternator and I was able to make it home in time for dinner. I learned a few valuable lessons that day. I learned we may not always get what we want but God will see to it that we have exactly what we need. I also learned God has a wonderful sense of humor and that His presence is more than enough no matter the circumstances.