God With Us and In a Tow Truck

25 11 2018

By nature, I’m a pretty happy individual; really takes a lot to see the dark side of my Rock _npersonality. But just like anyone, I have my moments when I feel like I’ve reached the end of my rope without enough left to tie a knot and hang on. Last Wednesday was one of those moments.

It started with me getting up early to help with getting the grandchildren out the door. My daughter also had to leave to get to her job. She went out to her car but came back in quickly announcing that it wouldn’t turn over. Okay, no problem. It was cold out with a strong wind blowing, but I had my sweats on and I wouldn’t have to get out of the truck; just run her six miles to work and back to the house and see if I could get her car started. We were about two miles from home when one of the rear tires literally exploded. I came to a stop in a place that was too muddy to set up a jack to replace the tire. Calling my Lady, she came to the rescue and took our daughter the rest of the way to work. I called a tow truck and then stood in the frigid morning air flagging cars around me while trying not to get hit. As I waited for a half hour for the truck my mind began to work on me. “You know the towing charge is going to be $50, and you might as well replace both back tires so that’s $500. When Cathy gets back to pick you up, you’ll have to run her to work, then you have to go in to your work for a few hours. Hey, you’re down to one car; that means you’ll have to pick up Cathy and your daughter when they get off, not to mention the numerous errands you need to run. Happy Thanksgiving!!” The icy wind didn’t help and the voice inside my head started yelling, “Shouldn’t Cathy be back now; and where the devil is that truck? I’m going to get killed out here.” I’ll tell you friends and neighbors, if aggravation could be weighed out in pounds, mine would have been heavier than a whale. I began to get angry at being angry; that sure isn’t me and I don’t like it!

A policeman arrived who turned on his patrol car lights so I wouldn’t have to stand on the road flagging cars around while trying to avoid being roadkill.  The tow truck finally arrived with a driver that had the last thing I wanted right then; a cheery attitude. “Okay, Mr. Miller, I’ll have you taken care of in a jiffy; good thing this happened before the snow and ice comes, you might have had a real mess then. You can sit in my truck to get out of the wind while I hook up yours. At least it’s a beautiful morning, just look at that sunrise.” I was nice and thanked him for getting there, but inside of me was a boiling pot of grumble stew. When he finished loading my truck on to his, he pulled into a nearby driveway where he did the paperwork and I settled up with him. “Now do you need me to drop you anywhere? No extra charge wherever you have to go; I know it’s cold out there.” Now my smile was a little more genuine at this young man and his willingness to go the extra to help me. I assured him my wife would be there to pick me up soon, yet he wanted to wait just to make sure I’d be okay. He didn’t know it, but he was doing a great job of melting the iciness in my body, and I’m not talking about cold weather.

Cathy came pulling up a few minutes later so I shook his hand and thanked him for staying with me. “Words can’t express how grateful I am for your help, and your attitude. What’s your name?” With a smile as he looked down from his rig he answered, “My name is Emanuel.” I stood there in complete silence what was probably a few seconds but felt much longer. “That is an awesome name! Thank you, Emanuel.” Emanuel; “God with us”

2 Corinthians 12:9 “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”

From the time I woke that morning until that moment out there in the cold with Emanuel, not once did I remember no matter what happens God is still there with me offering grace to get through the rough moments of life. Lamentations 3:22-23 says, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

There was still a ton of things to get done, but it went a lot easier after that moment with Emanuel. And I’m sure many would say that was just a chance encounter with this latest “Traveler of the Rock.” Perhaps. But I can’t help getting this picture of God looking down with some of his angels at my problems and frustration. I can almost see one angel saying, “John has forgotten you Lord.” Then the Lord saying, “It’s just a momentary lapse. We’ll send a special tow driver to him that should snap him back. Emanuel; God with us.

I’m going to leave you with a video of a song Buddy Greene does that says it much better than I can.

See ya next time.





One response

2 12 2018
Beverly Crane

Oh this is another great story John. And another reminder to all of us when we’re having a bad day. God is always with us through good and bad times. I was feeling your frustrations and Praise our Lord he sent Emanuel to save the day!! Thanks again John for sharing your life with us….

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