Have you ever had the sense that you should do something, but didn’t and got hurt? I’ve been there many times, even written about this exact thing in the first chapter of Lessons I learned from the Lord, “Hello, this is the Lord, is anyone listening?” You would think I would have learned this lesson by now. Sometimes I remember, but at times I don’t and therefore have to learn all over again. Sometimes we’re in such a hurry to do something – or – we reason it out in our minds why what we’re sensing isn’t important. Logic will get us every time.
This is what happened to me recently. It was an extremely windy day. I went to the supermarket and parked, as I usually do, pulling through to the space ahead so I could just pull out when I’m done shopping. I parked a space away from the cart return and was a happy camper. I picked up what I needed from the store and headed back to the car, parked quite a distance away. Then it happened. As I opened my trunk, that familiar voice spoke as a fleeting thought – hold the trunk because a wind gust will push it down.
Did I hold it? I have to admit I reasoned it out and thought – I only have three bags, I’ll do this so quickly that I’ll be done before the next gust of wind. As I put the last bag in, a fierce wind blew and the wind was in the perfect direction to take the trunk down – which it did – on my head. As I was recovering from that, thinking, when will I ever learn – I put my cart in the return and noticed that my quick release key holder – released with my house keys no where to be found!
Now I’m shaken from the trunk and panic sets in as well. I looked all around – no keys. I looked in the trunk – no keys. I knew it must have happened from the jar of the trunk, but they were no where to be found. There were no other cars around, so I had a clear view. I went back in the store re-tracing my steps just in case and reported the missing keys, still shaken and panic stricken.
As I went back to my car several rows away, I saw a white car drive by me and pull right into the space between my car and the cart return. My first thought was why there, with all the other spaces available. Now I will have to ask the person to move so I could search some more.
Immediately a lady got out of the car, walked right in back of my car, picked up the keys, looked at me coming and said – are these yours? The relief I felt was indescribable as I kept thanking her. With that, she warned me not to use the quick release key holders as she had lost many because of it. Then she told me to have a good day and left.
It would have been very difficult for her to see the keys from the lane she was driving in as my car was pulled through, and also they matched the pavement. Yet she went right to them. It was obvious she did not park there to go shopping as all she did was give me the keys and leave.
All I could do was praise the Lord for rescuing me, even when I didn’t listen. How gracious and merciful the Lord is to us! He rescues us even when we ignore His warning. I also realized, my head was fine.
It was a hard lesson to learn – again. Maybe I’ll do better next time. As written in Lessons I learned from the Lord, I need to carry a sign – “Be patient with me, I’m under construction”.
Thank You Lord for sending the Angel with the keys.