Dolly was devastated. Her aging car with high miles had a new sound down by the floorboard. It was rat-a-tat-tatting like a drummer in the school band. She drove fast. She drove slow. She drove up hill and downhill. The sound was still there.
What’s it gonna be this time? She wondered as she explained the problem, handed over the keys and left the car for an oil change and check-up.
She hoped and prayed that it would be a repair she could afford. She’d been saving for a vehicle, but she had six months more before she was ready.
The next afternoon, when Dolly went to the shop with credit card in hand, the secretary smiled and said, “Hector, our mechanic, wants to talk to you.”
One of her well-meaning male friends had suggested, “Maybe it’s a blown head gasket. Let’s hope not. That’s mighty expensive!”
Yet she trusted God to answer her prayers and needs.
At the shop, Hector greeted her while twirling the keys around his finger. He threw his head back and laughed until he doubled over with glee. “Sorry, I couldn’t help myself!” Then he explained, “There was nothing wrong with your car. We did the oil change. I drove it. All that rattling was the stuff under the seat, like the star wrench, the jack, The Club, the paperclips and the Pringles. I hope you didn’t mind, I had some of the mixed nuts. They were a nice touch. I moved the stuff around and the noise went away like magic!”
Pray boldly and confidently. God does know your needs and meets them with unexpected bonuses, like Hector’s laughter. God is love and has much grace for us.
“Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our hour of need.” [Hebrews 4:16]
Whether that need is for strength, basic necessities, cheap repairs or just the need to clean the junk out from underneath the car seat, God is there!
[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of scores of articles, a half dozen anthology contributions, and award-winning Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women. available from Amazon.com, her speaking engagements and website, www.button-to-god.com. She lives in northeast Arizona with her husband, Ed. Enjoy chuckles and speeches, tips and excerpts in website options and weekly blog.]