Well tonight, I must give a BIG SHOUTOUT to Jesus. He treated me to a very thoughtful and then adventurous Valentine’s Day.
We started out the morning with waffles, eggs and tea, while being a cliché and watching Valentine’s Day. So wonderful. We did laundry all the while – fresh sheets = amazingness! I even found time to change my room around. I love changes that I can control 🙂
Then I called to wish mum a happy birthday, “Happy Birthday Mom! You’re the greatest!”
As the snow began to fall, ever so beautifully, we headed off to Trader Joe’s. I packed a cooler [for my cold food], hat and mittens, and sweat pants [just in case I needed to stay at a hotel in Lexington for the night – safety first!] On the way, I filled up my gas tank, as well as oil. [I can hear my uncle Dean’s voice in my head, “If you let the oil run out, it’ll burn up your engine, and it’ll be as good as gone,” or something like that.] Enough to scare me into filling it, if there’s a possibility of it running low. And then I kept on.
We got to Trader Joe’s and the roads were starting to get a bit sketch, but along the way I had seen a few salt trucks, which gave me much hope! I got everything I needed [and more!] at the store, and then took a minute to pray. “Okay God, should I turn around? I really want to go to 608, but I guess, if I have to… I’ll head home.” I didn’t hear anything back, or perhaps I was too stubborn to listen… But I did feel peaceful about heading to Newk’s to eat supper and work on my Bible study homework.
I was smart about it. I parked at Southland, and walked over to Newk’s. I ate a delicious kale and quinoa salad. Yum. I caught up on my 7 Realities for Experiencing God. The snow outside kept falling, and though it was magically mesmerizing, it also was frightful enough to push me back into a state of prayer. I sought God again, “Okay God, I would like to get home tonight, be it your will, what should I do?” This time, I heard a still small voice, “You’ll get home safe, trust me.”
So I did, though not perfectly. Ever so often, I’d look up and see the snow falling and think, “Are you sure?” And I’d hear, “Trust me, you’ll get home.” Before worship, I checked KY-511, and at the time, it looked clear – snow plows were doing their thing, and the roads were safe.
Worship was great, and the message too! I was so thankful that God had safely gotten me there! I really couldn’t have imagined another way to spend V-day, then surrounded by a bunch of people praising our One True Love, Jesus!
After worship, I tried to check KY-511, and saw a glimpse, but I think that’s all God wanted me to see – if I saw how truly terrible it was, I probably would have doubted him more. So I prayed one more time, “Okay God, I’ll get a hotel if you need me to, though I do really want to go home tonight.” He reassured, “You’ll get home safe, just go slow.”
So I did. I drove as slow as the clearest lane drove, and tried to be polite to the vehicles that desired to speed by. Many times God simply reminded me to, “Breathe, it’s gonna be okay. But you gotta keep breathing.” Part of the way, God generously placed snowplows in front of us, clearing our way for nearly a 5-10 mile stretch. There were only a couple accidents, and God maneuvered the crowd safely around them. That was the thing, I was never alone. There was always at least one car [or most likely truck] driving near me. And though the visibility was low, there was always a path for me to follow. Sometimes it wasn’t always clear, but it was only for a short period of time. In the depths of the storm, God gently reminded me, “Keep breathing, it’s going to be okay. You’re gonna get home. It’s okay. Breathe.”
How cool is He? How great is our God? Sing with me. Please do. My “Seek” playlist was of great comfort to me, but two songs in particular:
- Climb by Will Reagan & the United Pursuit Band
- “I know that I can trust you. I know that I can trust you. I know that I can trust you. I lean not on my own understanding, my life is in the hands of the Maker of Heaven.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLPb7bfT2rg
- I Am Not Alone by Kari Jobe
- “I am not alone, I am not alone. You will go before me. You will never leave me.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfveawSAHJA
Amazing what God will lead you to, and get you through, when you obey the still small voice. Through my desire to Seek Him [MyOneWord 2016 is “Seek”] and through the life group study I attend [7 Realities for Experiencing God], I’ve started to obey Him on the simplest of things. In Crosspoint’s “IQuit Being Overcommitted” message, Lysa TerKeurst mentioned, “Little acts of obedience aren’t little, they’re big.”In another podcast, I heard someone else say, “How you live the next 15 minutes is how you’ll live your life. Focus on the next 15 minutes, and then the next 15 minutes, and then the next 15 minutes.
I’m hoping that my desire to obey God on the little things, will help me to be less fearful and more trusting in obeying God on the big things. Because God is faithful, and I have nothing to fear.
I’m so thankful Lord, that you brought me home safely, as you told me you would. I pray for all the others that need to be driving somewhere – I pray that you’ll remind them to breathe and reassure them that everything will be okay. I thank you ever so dearly for the snow plows, salt trucks and tow trucks, for EMTs and firefighters, and for all the police officers that are responding to this storm, and those affected by it. Keep them safe and warm and dry. Warm their hearts and minds, as they traverse through this storm to care for your dearly beloveds. Thank you for loving me so well. Amen.
18 When Jesus saw the crowd around him, he gave orders to cross to the other side of the lake.
23 Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. 24 Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”
26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.
27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”
Matthew 8: 18, 23-27 [NIV]