Guidance can come from so many different sources. Therefore, we have to be open to hearing God’s message to us – in whatever way it comes. It doesn’t always come directly from a book, It doesn’t always come from within. It just shows up in all sorts of manifestations, if we are open to receiving God’s message to us.
Once I opted to drive to a speaking engagement in Ohio. I was driving a rental car, so I wasn’t familiar with it. I was enjoying my ride, the day was clear. It was cold, but not snowy, and although Indiana is a long state, the trip thus far had been uneventful.
At this time, I was struggling with my life. I felt lost and alone and I wasn’t sure I was going in the right direction. I was uttering this prayer to God and asking for guidance. Then, all of a sudden, I looked down and saw that my gas gauge was almost on empty. I started to beat myself up mentally – How could I be so obtuse as to not check my gas gauge earlier? With the next exit for many miles, I would not make it to the next one safely.
I stopped on the side of the road, where I knew I’d be safe, and easy to find. I called AAA number and an hour later, the truck pulled up. I expected the gentleman to give me some gas and send me on my merry way. But he insisted on towing my car to the next gas station. I got into his cab and off we went. And then I saw guidance, on the sticker on his dashboard. It was a quote from Jeremiah 29:11, and it was right there for me to see. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
**What I learned from that experience was:
* God’s message often comes in subtle and quiet ways
* I have to be open or I may miss the message
* Guidance comes from unlikely places when I least expect it
The message I understood was that I was to have hope and trust that I was being Divinely led and that I did not have to worry. I could relax and know that even when I‘m lost in a spiritual sense, God has a plan for me. And I only had to wait for it to unfold in God’s time.