Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Many are the afflictions...
I received a call from the police in the nearby town last night, asking if my husband was 1) home, and if not 2) did I know where he was? The dispatcher said a patrol car was sitting behind our van on the highway.
Fortunately, I knew the van had run out of gas on his way home from the Post Office before it closed last night. I also knew he walked to fill the gas can and when he put gas in the car, it would not restart.
So... I was able to tell the nice policeman that I had a feeling they would find him at the gas station where he had walked, returning the sales' clerks cell phone AND would they please protect him and keep him out of trouble for it is on a highway and DARK.
He laughed and said they definitely would try.
To make a very long story short... the van is now at the mechanic's and a nice patrol officer gave hubby a ride home to our house in the country. (I must say, the times we have needed a policeman, County sheriff, or firemen... they have all been wonderful!)
So then today I picked up the phone and it was a nice guy from the Post Office in town. It seemed when hubby was photocopying an important document... the copy of which he had to send yesterday... he had left the original in the photocopier and someone (thankfully) handed it in as it was a very important document!
You know, I had almost said I would drive him in town yesterday because he wasn't feeling well. I should have, except I would have made sure we stopped to put at least $5.00 worth of GAS IN THE VAN even if it was almost closing time at the Post Office.
Oh yeah, then he remembered last night that he'd forgotten to leave the keys for the mechanic! It was not his best day.
However, Christopher and I had prayed for him (he had called Christopher to see if he could rescue him but our son was studying on campus and didn't have the car but he had the keys to the car so our daughter-in-law couldn't come to rescue him... don't ask).
You know what Scripture kept coming to my mind? "Many are the afflictions of the righteous but the Lord delivers him out of them all" (Psalm 34:19). At the time I first remembered this, my husband was still stranded in the dark on a highway beside the van and we had no cash or credit card to call a tow truck!
How did it all turn out? He happened to be close to a mechanic's shop where we have taken a car previously so a man helped him push the van there while the police car was behind them, the policeman then brought him all the way home, and the mechanic sent one of his men out to the country to pick up the keys this morning.
I'm not so sure how I like that "many are the afflictions of the righteous" but He certainly delivered him from all of them yesterday... sigh.
Picture: The Word of the Lord by J. Sorenson; allposters.com
Posted by Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks at 8:15 PM