You know those moments when you feel like you’ve been forgotten, you feel unloved, disrespected, or misunderstood? If you’ve lived long enough, you’ve had those feelings. They are a “boo-hiss” moment in time. I experienced one of those moments that turned into a whole day, actually. That particular day, I had been very misunderstood, extremely disrespected, and just felt like nothing was going my way. I wanted to go back to bed and start all over, but I couldn’t. I had to press on. I had people to take care of and a job to do. And that particular job required smiles and high energy all day. “Fake it ‘til you make it” was my motto for the day. I managed to complete all the tasks at hand and headed home. I prayed and prayed on my way home that day. I told God all about my feelings and my desires for peace and love to surround me, like He didn’t already know. I knew He had a plan and was working out the details, but these details were painful and I didn’t like it.
I believe with all my heart that God sends people, situations, and things to carry out His purposes, give us hope, and show us love. Whether we see it or not is another story. I watch for His goodness and mercy throughout the day, just like I see the devil at work, unfortunately.
Still on my way home and deep in prayer, the four lane became a six lane. I noticed a dump truck up ahead in the right furthermost lane. I see dump trucks all the time, so I paid it no mind. But as I approached, I noticed it had big, bold writing on the back side. It kept ahead of me in perfect timing for me to get close enough to read the message. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13,” it said. I laughed and cried at the same time! I looked up and thanked God for loving me that much. A coincidence, you say? Nope. That was God’s love in the form of a dump truck. A dump truck! So, I dumped the stress of the day and held on tightly to the message of strength and power. I would love to meet the individual who had that scripture put on the back of a work vehicle. They obviously love the Lord, give credit to Him, and are bold enough to confess their faith. So, whoever you are, dump truck owner, thank you for allowing God to use you to lift me up on one miserable day. And now, for your light to shine to whomever might come across this writing.
Hoping you are having a day filled with His goodness,
“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” James 4:8