In my early 20s, I was working in a rundown industrial area of the city. On this particularly bitter day, my boyfriend was driving me into work because he needed to borrow my car. Making our way from one frozen intersection to the next, I wasn’t thinking much about anything but breakfast. Turning off the highway and heading under the last icicle covered overpass before our turn off, I was suddenly jolted upright when a deafening crash which shattered the windshield. The ice had formed enormous stalactites three or four feet long, the diameter of footballs, all along the bottom of the metalwork on the overpass. One or more had landed on the car just as we were passing under. There was not an inch of glass that hadn’t been striated with crack lines, making it impossible to see through.
I was glad I had not been driving. I have always been jumpy and based on the pounding I can still feel in my chest when I think back to that day, I have no real confidence that I would not have done something dangerous like slam hard on my brakes when it happened. My then-boyfriend (now husband), is un-scarable. He doesn’t startle, he doesn’t jump, he calmly James Bond’s everything. Quickly opening the window, he slowed down, and pulled over without incident, despite the heavy rush hour traffic. He drove me the rest of the way to work looking out the window and then took it to a glass shop nearby to get fixed.
I wasn’t thrilled about having to have to replace the windshield, but I was glad I hadn’t been driving. I wonder how many times I have been upset about the shattered windshields of my life as opposed to thanking God for providing the perfect solution for a situation. When I was in the drama of the accident, I couldn’t feel anything but fear. It wasn’t until much later that day that I breathed a sigh of relief at the circumstance. If that were to have happened anyway – I reckon, God had really been looking out for me and prepared ahead of time for my protection.
Our problem isn’t that God got it wrong; the problem is that we focus on the negative and sometimes miss how He provides for us in the midst of our disasters. The meme doesn’t account for the impact of the world. Bad things happen – God never promised they wouldn’t. Instead, he promises that He will be with us through them; He will protect us and give us refuge; He will lead and strengthen us on our journey or will give us a means of escape. I am grateful the He is such an excellent driver.
Isaiah 43:2 “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.”
Psalm 91:4 “He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings, you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.”
Isaiah 41:10 “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”
1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
The meme is not my creation, nor could I find the original creator.