Philippians 4:6 says, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
How often do we pray about things and never know how God steps in and answers our prayer? I suspect there are a lot of situations where we pray about something that we think is small and never think twice about the situation.
During our pre-field ministry, we have prayed a lot about safety on the road. Normally, when we pray for safety on the road we are thinking of when we are together as a family driving from church to church. But we need God’s safety every time we drive.
This truth became obvious to our family in a not small way recently. Lisa took Jayme to Spokane for her drive test so she could get her drivers’ license. While Jayme was taking the test, Lisa called me to let me know that they noticed a new noise that they thought was coming from the transmission. Since the car they were driving has a known transmission issue, we were not too worried about it.
Jayme passed her test, and afterward, they completed some errands and drove home. In all, the total miles driven were about 100. When they got home, I listened to the car, and it sounded okay, except for a slight rotational noise when the vehicle was in motion.
Further inspection isolated the noise to the front left wheel, where I pulled the hubcap off and found two loose lug nuts… The other three lug nuts were sheared off and sitting inside the hubcap. At this point, I was praising God.
We drive so many miles every month. Some months we drive across multiple time zones. And we almost take it for granted that God will give us safety as we travel. But as I stood there looking at our Buick, I could not help but think of what would have happened if the rest of the lug nuts had failed and the wheel had fallen off while my little girl was driving the car.
Sometimes I think God protects us from things that we will never know about. This however was a situation, where I know how fortunate we are. Psalm 146 is a psalm of trusting God, and it opens and closes with “Praise ye the LORD.” We pray almost daily for safe travels. Today we are praising the Lord for safe travels.
Bryan & Lisa Tanner & Family