Earlier this week I mentioned how we spent a very long time in the car over Thanksgiving. Sunday, in particular, tested our patience. What I didn’t say is that we are very thankful for a divine stop off Highway 99 at Bravo Farms. I’d just woke up from a cat nap when we started seeing frequent billboards for the stop. We had one of those should we stop, or should we keep going? moments that ended in us peeling off the freeway in search of snacks.
Bravo Farms was a great pit stop, maybe one of the best I’ve ever been to off a highway, with a petting zoo for kids, an awesome treehouse, a cafe, bar, ice cream parlor and collectibles store. But, we also felt God protected us by stopping there. About 5-7 minutes after we arrived a siren wailed by on the highway, and then a medical chopper flew over head. We thought nothing of it until we were leaving and another patron told us a big accident had occurred just 2-3 miles up the highway we’d been traveling on. “That could have easily been us,” we thought.
When bad things take place–whether disease, finances, accidents–it’s easy to say, “God, how could you let this happen?!” Our pit stop yesterday reminded me how God often protects and blesses us but I might not even notice. I often wonder how many times in my life God has worked silently and effectively, helping make decisions that will greatly impact my life for the better. I hope when I go to heaven someday I’ll get to see a “behind the scenes of your life” movie where God reveals all the ways He worked when I didn’t even realize.
Have you ever had a moment when you believed God protected you or a loved one from something terrible happening? Please share!