Who would have considered a trip to the grocery store as a divine encounter?
My purchases were made and I was in the process of loading them in the car. Likewise for the shopper parked next to me. I was oblivious of her until she spoke.
“Why is my car moving?”
First she panicked, then leapt into action to stop the car. The young mother had put her daughter into the back of their SUV, then proceeded to load her groceries. Apparently her little one clamored about the car, hitting the gear shift that set the car in motion.
The Memory Came Flooding In
It took me back to Clyde Smith, a local produce market that is now defunct. In its heyday, it was a thriving business, set far off the road with a huge parking lot in front. I let my toddler in the back hatch of our Chevrolet Vega and proceeded to load my purchases.
Just as I slammed the hatch down I became aware of the car moving in reverse. The keys were in my hand but I couldn’t side step fast enough to get them in the lock to open the door.
My daughter had climbed into the back seat, her eyes wide, as I watched her through the window passing by. The car getting ever nearer the heavily traveled main street.
I was screaming for help, but no one could hear me. Having to think fast, I darted behind the car and let it bump into me, not thinking of the dangerous consequences. Eventually it stopped.
But here is the main thing. From where I was parked, the car came to a halt about fifty feet from the road.
No other cars were parked behind me that could have been in the path of mine.
Now is that a God thing, or what?
Back to the Present
Because of my experience, I was able to share with this mom how God had made himself known to me.
The Point is
In thinking back, I hope she sees God in her experience as well, because he was most assuredly there.