Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Prayer Encouragement: "Who Needs a Big Sign?" by SkyMom, Terrie Chevaillier

Who Needs a Big Sign?
Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it." Isaiah 30:21
Do you need an answer today regarding a parenting decision?
Where do you often look for those answers?
To the right or to the left?
Friends, books, blogs, other moms, counselors, professionals.
If I go this way and choose this direction, this could happen.
If I go that way, this person might not like this or that.
What do I do?
Have you ever found yourself in that crazy circle of decision and dilemma?

The picture above is the dilemma my family found ourselves in a few weeks ago.
That picture was taken outside of Dallas on the side of Interstate 30.
We had a flat tire and immediately pulled over in the westbound lane as soon as we realized what was happening.
My husband had the boys and I get far away from the car in a field across from the access road that ran alongside the freeway.
We stood far away in a safe place we will watched him in a not so safe place go to work on the dilemma.
You see, this was not our car.
Our car was at the auto dealership in the service shop.
This car in the picture was a brand new “loaner” car with only eleven miles on it when they gave it to me.
Did I anticipate problems?
So off we go in it headed to a weekend in Arkansas for some work and fun.
Work for my husband, fun for the boys and me.
As I watched him look under, around, and over the car…guess what…
this brand new car carried no spare tire.
Dilemma not solved.
It did come with a battery operated air compressor.
He tried it.
The hole in the tire was too big for this option.
Dilemma still not solved.
Psalm 91 came to mind.  
I read it and prayed it with my boys.
You could tell that they were not so much in prayer mode but fix it mode.
They are guys.
Lots of suggestions and solutions for the issue at hand started being discussed.
The first decision was to send us walking down the access road to actually be able to see the sign to let whoever it is we were calling for help know where we were.
The next decision to the dilemma was to call our insurance company for emergency roadside assistance.
They said they couldn’t help us with the dilemma.
This wasn’t our car and they didn’t insure this wonderful brand new car that wasn’t ours.
We then called the dealership where our car was being fixed and the owners of this 
“Loaner” car without a spare tire.
They told us to call the 1-800 number for Volvo road side service.
At this point we realize they have some fancy way of knowing where we were calling from….so there was no need to walk the half mile and back to read a sign regarding our location.

Do you get the picture yet?
Lots of circling, looking, wondering, fretting, frustration and number pushing as we listened to automated voice recordings.
When we finally pushed the right number to actually speak to a human we were told it would be a couple of hours.
At that rate, we would miss the function for which we were headed out of town for,
and…have no vehicle to get there in.
What are we going to do?
Which decision should we make?

One of the more “chill” boys of the two quietly asks….
“Why don’t we just call the tire place on that sign over there?”
My husband and I both said…”Yeah..we saw that a while ago.”
We saw that a while ago is what we said.
An hour later is when we said it.
We finally did it.
And you know what….they were there in five minutes.
Took the tire off the car and to their tire center.
Patched it.
Brought it back to our car.
Put it on our car.
And off we went within 30 minutes.
How often our dilemmas in life are met this way?
Let’s pray God’s Word:
Dear Lord, thank You for Your Word.  Thank You for the Holy Spirit.
Thank You for your people.
You speak to us in ways that give us direction and peace.
Guide us to go quickly to YOU and not to all of the other sources that leave us without help and frustrated.
Thank YOU that through Your Word and Your Spirit,
 we can hear Your voice saying,

~Terrie Chevaillier

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