By Marvin H.
God knows us, He knows what we need, and He speaks to us.
Some years ago, I worked in a computer manufacturing facility. As I was driving home one day, I noticed a station wagon with the hood up on the side of the road. This person obviously had a problem.
While approaching the vehicle, I received a distinct impression to stop and help the person. I began to make excuses in my mind. I had just worked a 10 hour shift and was hungry. The skies were grey and a light drizzle was falling. The list of excuses continued… As I drove past the station wagon, the same impression came to my mind again, this time a little stronger, saying “You stop this truck and help that person!” This time, I followed the prompting, pulling to the side of the road and backing up to the disabled vehicle.
I got out of my truck and recognized the motorist. It was a friend, a co-worker from the computer manufacturing facility. I greeted “Frank” and we discussed the problem. He had diagnosed it – a bad fuel pump. (In those days, the fuel pump was mounted on the side of the engine and was relatively easy to replace.) I knew the surrounding area and took him to an auto parts store where he purchased the replacement pump. We returned to his station wagon and he completed the repair. I left with a sense of joy in having helped my friend and his receiving the help he needed to fix his problem. It was an unexpected and pleasant experience.
I’ve thought about that event many times since it happened. God knew what Frank needed. He also knew that I needed an opportunity to serve, and God gave us both what we needed. When I hear people say that God doesn’t speak to people any more, I think of that drizzly evening in San Antonio and am reminded of those promptings to stop my truck and help someone. The truth is, God knows us and has not stopped speaking to us, we just need to listen and then have the courage to follow His directions.
In the Old Testament, Elijah was told to “stand upon the mount before the Lord…” There was a “great and strong wind,” an earthquake, and a fire. God was not in any of these. After those things came “a still small voice” in which God spoke to Elijah. (1 Kings 19:11-12)
God knows us and speaks to us in the same way today.