A Story of God’s Provision
God has the power to provide you with more than enough of every kind of grace. That way, you will have everything you need always and in everything to provide more than enough for every kind of good work. – 2 Corinthians 9:8
One year, my husband and I decided to visit family during one of our two week vacation breaks. We lived in North Carolina at that time, and our families were in New Mexico and Arizona. That season was hot, especially through Texas. We stopped every hour to get re-hydrated. On the way to Arizona, my bike was buffeted more than usual by the winds, yet not so with my husband. We pulled over, and it turned out that my back tire was flat. It had a horrible smell, too.
While standing on the side of the road debating about what to do, a fellow with a trailer pulls up and asks if we need help.
The man was more than happy to help us get to the next town. I learned that this person was part of a search and rescue team. He had a trailer fit for hauling a bike and the straps as well. This wasn’t your normal happenstance.
My husband and I made it to the next small town, but the only station in town didn’t have a tube that would fit the back tire. My mother wasn’t too far away. When we left New Mexico, I had wished I could have spent more time with mom. She came to pick me up after I notified her of our situation. Tim stayed in the small town while my mother and I went back to the city so we could pick up a tube and return the next day. Tim and I were off to Arizona to visit his family once the tire was fixed.
Our travels were uneventful until our last overnight stop. My husband happened to see a billboard mentioning a motel and thought that would be a good place to sleep. No sooner did we turn off the highway when the front tire on my bike went flat.
I was able to nurse the bike to the motel parking lot. Tim had brought along an extra tube for the front tire so it was just a matter of getting the tube switched out and a place to fix it which wouldn’t be easy late that Saturday evening. At the restaurant, we ended up sitting next to a person who had the tools to help us fix the front tire the next morning.
We face difficult circumstances with, “How am I going to make it through this?” In our lives, we can look back on how God has helped us. Coincidences aren’t coincidences. We should continue to look ahead to what God would have us to do and ask for His provision. May our past experiences help encourage us to rely on God. He is, after all, our provider.