Matthew 5:45 says, “…that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”
I am one of those people that believe that God is actually, intimately involved in every single, little detail of our lives. Fault me if you like, I can take it; but because of the Bible, I believe we are objects of his great love and he loves to demonstrate it in a various ways every day whether we have the eyes to see it or not. Whether we ask for it or care about it, he does it. He makes the sun shine on the righteous and the unrighteous every day. He makes the rain fall for the Godly and the ungodly every day. Some of us are conscious of it while others try not to be.
This doesn’t mean we always understand things or interpret our circumstances in the way God wants us to or means us to understand them and that is why it is so critical that we have God’s written Word to consult in our daily lives. There is no substitute for that. However, with that said, at times there are moments that make me smile when I believe God’s communicating his caring presence in ways we weren’t even looking for. One of those happened yesterday for us as we were taking a brief road trip here in Panama. Let me share.
As we were traveling on a road that we’ve never been on, heading to the Atlantic side of Panama in the direction of Colon we started to hear a strange sound. We were driving up a long hill and at first we thought it was the rough road we were on. Moments later we realized it was a flat tire. Super bummed and in between towns, I knew I just had to get the spare on and this would probably change our plans for the day. However as I got it free from under the car and started to bring it to the front right side, Bianca pointed out immediately opposite to us, on the other side of the street was a small, stand alone building that said “Llantas” which means “Tires”.
Now I know some will think that I am making more of this story than I ought to but it really made me smile that we would have that particular problem in that particular spot of all the problems and all the spots in Panama that could’ve been encountered. I talked with the man running the shop. His name was Esteban and he said it would take $4 to fix the tire. All I can say is God is so cool!
We ended up giving him more than that and we even shared some Gospel literature with him but I just marvel at the way God makes things work out. Not all of our problems occur like that or resolve so smoothly. Certainly Christians are not promised a problem-free life by any means but there are times when I think God enjoys communicating his presence to us in ways that we know only he could have done. All the praise goes to Him. My encouragement to anyone is to watch for God more in every moment of your lives. He is there. Maybe not as we would expect to find him but he does not sleep and he is watching over each person in ways we don’t know about every day. Speaking of that, keep Esteban in your prayers. Perhaps the Lord will use our tire problem for his salvation if he places his trust in Christ as a result of what he reads.