No matter what your views of Glenn Beck, most listeners of the Glenn Beck Show agree that he puts a lot of stock in divine providence and has a great degree of trust in God. Part of the reason I listen to the Glenn Beck Show is to hear the many inspiring examples of people believing in Jesus and being rewarded for that belief. Today’s story of Divine Providence was no exception.
Glenn Beck told the story of Sara Berg and her cousin Lisa who were driving home one night when their car suddenly got a flat tire. Not knowing what to do, the women were a bit nervous when a red pick up truck driven by Victor Giesbrecht pulled over.
They need not have worried. Victor was one of those true good guys out there. He changed the tire and shook hands saying, “Somebody up above put me at the right place at the right time, I guess,” before driving off.
The women followed shortly behind him and, just a bit later, saw the same red pick up on the side of the road. The story is Glenn Beck, Sara, Lisa, and Victor’s to tell not mine, so please check out “Divine Providence” at the Glenn Beck Show site if you want the full story. For now, let me help you make the guess that the women in the car were also put in the right place at the right time.
Divine Providence in Your Life
Have you ever felt like you’re going through life with a flat tire, one that made you wonder why things are happening to you this way? Maybe it was a slow leak you just couldn’t figure out how to stop. Or maybe it was a sudden blow out. Either way, you’re left asking Why life is so unfair and wondering if God really does have a plan for you.
If you are going through a personal hell, such as a divorce, those questions are normal, but not usually productive. You can have more peace when you stop searching for answers. Flat tires can occur because of something you did (or didn’t do) or even through no fault of your own. Sometimes life just give flat tires, and we need to change them and move on down the road. Sitting beside the road, wondering why you got the flat and watching other cars whiz past or slow down to gawk before driving off doesn’t get you to your destination.
When that flat occurs, you must begin to realize that you are where you are meant to be at this particular time and for a given reason. You must accept that if you follow God’s plan you will get where He wants you to be WHEN He wants you to be there. Not only that, but you must know that what you will find eventually is better than what you could have begun to imagine before the flat.
I like stories of little red pick up trucks rescuing stranded damsels in distress. I like knowing the damsels also have worth. I like that there was a point to the flat tire and that they all quickly discovered what that point was. I like that the story had a happy ending and that I didn’t have to wait for it!
Oh, how I wish life was like that! I have hit way too many flat tires in my life and have not had enough red pick up trucks helping me to quickly understand why. Sometimes it seems that when you get a flat in one tire, you quickly get a leak in hose, some steam under the hood, and everything then goes wrong at once.
When this happens, it is so important to keep the faith that you are where you are meant to be at the time. What is happening in your life now can be used for good if you allow it. God’s timing is different from ours for reasons we usually do not understand until later. By then, it is not the whys which are so important. It is the result.
Make a conscious effort to stop asking why things are so bad. Instead, simply have faith, trusting in God, in His Divine Providence, and in God’s timing. He has good plans for you. Be still and know He’s there.
Be still before the Lord; wait for God. Do not be provoked by the prosperous, nor by malicious schemers.
Psalm 37: 7