Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your steps. Proverbs 3:5-6
Recently, we were traveling visiting our children and grandchildren. On the way to our daughter’s, we stopped for lunch in the little town of Saraland. I was feeling agitated and had no idea why as we entered the restaurant. We had missed the exit and had to drive to the next exit and backtrack to eat at some place other than fast food. Then we were seated in the bar area – which increased my irritation. I wanted to ask to move; but since we were the only customers in the area, I decided I could “tolerate” the location. Why was I so irritable? Our trip had been wonderful so far; the weather was great for driving; Phil and I were having some good conversations. I asked God for His Peace, and we ordered. As is our custom, we asked the server if we could pray for him when we blessed our food. His eyes lit up as he exclaimed, “Yes!” His response immediately took away all my agitation; his excitement, contagious. After he shared his request, we talked for a few minutes and felt an immediate bond with this new friend.
By the end of the meal, we learned he too was a leader in Celebrate Recovery and a former youth pastor. We talked about the Lord and how He is working through CR. We promised to pray for him as he hiked the Appalachian Trail for six months. What a special new friend God gave us. What if I had given in to my irritation and we had not turned around or I had demanded the hostess move us to a “better location?” We would have missed a wonderful blessing and an opportunity to pray for an amazing young man who lit up the room just by walking into it. When we left the restaurant to continue our trip, Proverbs 3:5-6 kept repeating in my mind. I was certain God had directed our steps to that particular restaurant and to that special booth in the bar area. I knew God was up to something in this new relationship. I am so thankful God directed our path that day, and we are grateful for our friend Jeremy. What if God is directing your steps? What if God wants you to listen to His still, small voice and follow His direction even if your emotions are fighting you? You never know what surprise God has in store for you just around the corner!