As the Summer approached, Brian and I were anticipating a visit to Seattle where we would be seeing our extended family and spending time at Lakeside Bible Camp on Whidbey Island — a special place for us all. The plan was that our daughter, Emma; who has been with YWAM, would fly to Seattle to join us for the week at Family Camp. Her time off was limited to just 7 days. My anxious prayer: Please God, would this time together at camp with the packed schedule and all the dear people be refreshing for her and for us to see us all through another season apart?
I felt the Holy Spirit prompting me that I needed to surrender this time and just trust that it would be enough. Peace.
And it simply was. Praise God for His gracious kindness in giving us such a rich, sweet week together with fun and prayer and great conversations.
It was time for her to regroup with her YWAM team in Kona. I took her across the ferry, through Seattle, to the airport — eager to soak up every last moment. I left her at the airport feeling such peace about our days together and about her next few weeks of outreach to the nations. Thank you, Jesus.
Then, on my journey back through Seattle to the ferry dock to rejoin the family at camp, the car I was driving broke down on the very busy freeway/motorway! This was a new and frightening experience for sure, but I experienced God's help in very practical ways.
He made space for me to quickly maneuver the car across lanes to the side of the road. He had brought me through the congested and tight downtown corridor before the car broke down, and kept me safely on the verge for quite a time as cars flew by.
He brought to mind Brian's cousin who lives just minutes from where I was stranded and she kindly came to pick me up and drop me at the ferry. The car broke down AFTER leaving Emma so she didn't have any delays with her flight. The car was towed that night and fixed before the end of camp.
I'm so thankful for God's very real help I experienced this Summer. When I was looking ahead with some worries He gave peace to my heart and mind, and in my unexpected crisis moment on the side of the road, He was there to rescue.
For I, the LORD your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, "Fear not, I am the one who helps you."
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Ask God for practical help in whatever areas of life you’re most tempted to worry about today. Be as specific as you can, and watch to see how He answers!