The Glenn Beck Show Gives an Example of Divine Providence

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Don’t let life deflate you.

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.

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Be still before the Lord; wait for God. Do not be provoked by the prosperous, nor by malicious schemers.

Psalm 37: 7

2 Comments

  1. Alice on March 26, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Thank you for your blog. The story flat tire is really giving me strength today. I’m pregnant, have a one year old and my husband left a month ago. I have gone through, anger, resentment, and now am trying to Let Go and Let God. This morning I was listening to a Christian radio station when Third eyes song- I need a miracle came on. What a beautiful song. Anyhow, thank you so much!



    • Strahlen on June 13, 2013 at 8:14 am

      Thank you so much for responding. I haven’t gotten on here in a while because I have been overwhelmed by other things and overwhelming amounts of spam had taken over my comments section. I am so glad I saw your post and wish I had responded earlier.

      How are you doing? I know the 3rd Day Song you are talking about and looked up the video for you. It has a slightly different spin from what I’d imagined listening to the song, but the opening lines have always hit home hard. I don’t know what your husband is going through or why, but I do know the Lord loves you and you are never left alone. You are worth so much more than you can ever know, and I already have love in my heart for you and both of your children. I know how incredibly painful and hurtful. How scary and confusing being left, especially while pregnant, is. Please keep in touch. I will check back more often now. I need a week or two to get some things done here, but I’ve had a few people respond and will be updating my status and begin blogging more often by the end of June. I promise.

      You are in my prayers. Please reach out again. I want to hear from you. Love and peace and strength to you. xoxo



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