“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28
Last week I was running errands for work. Coming back to the office, I was driving on a road I don’t typically travel. Up ahead of me, I saw a trio of boys on bicycles on the sidewalk, the oldest probably aged 10 or so. I smiled, thinking of my own kids at home, wondering what they were doing in that moment.Then, as it happens, something in my gut told me to pay attention. I watched the two older boys dart across the road, arriving safely at the other side.
I slowed down when it became clear the youngest boy was going to follow their lead, and ride out into the road. Unfortunately, the truck that was coming in the lane next to me didn’t share my intuition. In what felt like slow motion, I pounded my horn, furiously motioned to the little boy to STOP, all while yelling “stop,” hoping…praying…he would hear me. I felt utterly hopeless, unable to do anything to save this child from heartbreaking fate.
At the last second, the truck saw the little boy and swerved to miss him, by only inches.
I collapsed in my seat, heart pounding, tears streaming, overwhelmed. Thankful.
In that moment, I saw God. I was helpless to do anything for that little boy, and in panic, I cried out to God. As is often the case, when I try to do things on my own, depending only on myself, I fail. In this terrible moment, I was reminded of that important lesson. I can’t do this life on my own. I need God, and I need to trust that he will take care of me. He took care of that little boy. He’ll take care of you too.