I left the house this morning, not my normal 2 mile commute, but headed back to Mabank for the day to do some testing! Now I was not officially late, but I had no time to spare and in glancing at my fuel level, I would need to make at least one stop. NO PROBLEM…I had some “points” on the old York Family THANK YOU CARD and since I would be going through Canton, I could whip into Brookshires, fill up on discounted gas and then head on up the road to good old Mabank Intermediate! I was excited about the extended drive in my car alone…I could sing as loud as I wanted to the girliest music on my iPad and no one was in there to protest! So I got to Canton, pulled into Brookshires, checked the clock and sure enough I had just enough time for a quick fill up! I pull up to the 1st pump…OUT OF ORDER…slightly annoyed and a touch huffy, I pulled around to the other side and found a working pump! I got out put in my phone number, used the debit card, picked my gas $2.93/gallon…yeah….and started pumping! It quickly shut off, so I squeezed the trigger again and it shut off again. At this point I start to get annoyed and after about 3-4 minutes I had less than 4 gallons of gas in my 15 gallon tank and less than 15 minutes to be in Mabank! QUE raging frustration and meltdown mania! Mid-discussion with myself about the corporate plot that Brookshires had developed to offer discounted gas to customers but keep them from using it by rigging the gas pumps to shut off so much that you get tired of fighting it and leave without taking full advantage of the discount by filling up (a very elaborate scheme indeed), I heard it….”Where is your thinking Today?” I stopped, bowed my head and prayed in Jesus name that God give me the patience to wait, pump the gas, and RELAX!!! The pump never shut off again! I filled my tank, I got back in my car, and I drove to Mabank…big smile, louder music, even louder singing and resting in the confidence and peace that comes from my Savior’s promise! If I will come to him, he will grant me the desires of my heart, (even if they are as trivial as pumping gas)! He will give me rest, wisdom, and much much more! God will give us the power to do things we have never dreamed of for ourselves! He is waiting to meet our needs, and to bless us, but we have to seek him. We have to give him things with confidence that he will do what he promises!
I Corinthians 1:4-9 says: “I always thank God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched in every way–in all our speaking and in all our knowledge–because of our testimony about Christ was confirmed in you. Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. He will keep you strong until the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.(NIV)”
I knew the moment I asked, without a doubt, that he would provide me the patience I needed and that he would deliver me to Mabank on time! Our God is faithful! It’s our faith in him that reduces the stress, anxiety and worry in our lives! Where is your thinking? Are you experiencing stress, worry, anxiety and frustration at every turn? Is your faith strong enough to give him everything? Peace is just around the corner!