So I’m looking out the window at the steadily falling snow, and looking at the radar with its blue swath of snow bands inching its way across Michigan, and looking at the ‘Winter Storm Warning’ message across the top of the radar and stubbornly insisting, “I need to go to my office!”
I live twenty minutes away from my office with a north-south expressway between here and there where the usual traffic pattern is 75-80 miles per hour (except those jerks who fly past us ‘slow’ drivers at who-knows-how-fast). The prospect of driving down that highway in this snowstorm didn’t really sound appealing. And yet I kept insisting to myself, “I need to go to my office!”
But first I need to eat. I believe in routines. I always make myself exactly two eggs and sit down in the same spot each morning with my big ol’ set of scriptures and my study manual. I’ve been studying my way through the Old Testament for a long time, and yet still only half way through the manual (story for another day!).
When I pray before my morning meal to bless my food, I usually include the words, “Bless my mind and heart that they will be open to the words of Thy scriptures, that I might be able to apply them to my life, and go into the world this day to be of service in whatever way I’m needed.” (Or some variation of those words)
Today I included the words, “And help me to decide if I should drive to my office today, and if I should let my daughter drive to her school (15 minute drive in the other direction).”
Well… I glance down at the heading for today’s study lesson and it reads: “When Thou Shalt Have Eaten and Be Full; Then Beware.” Uh… coincidence, right?
I fluff it off and keep reading. The section is focusing on Deuteronomy 6:10-15, which according to my lesson manual is trying to teach me that the sad truth is that men forget God in times of peace and prosperity. So I thought, “See! It’s not even talking about road conditions or snowfall or anything like that!” I keep reading.
The words in Deuteronomy 6:14 jump up at me as if written in bold, flashing letters: THOU SHALT NOT GO (it’s actually talking about not going after other Gods because the Lord is a jealous God and wants us to worship only him). But that’s not the message I needed to hear today, is it?
I had prayed to know if I should go to my office, and the scriptures plainly told me, “Thou shalt not go.” I’m thinking, “But… I need to go to my office!” and what should the next verse read? Deuteronomy 6:16 says, “Ye shall not tempt the Lord your God.”
Okay, okay, I’ll stay home today. And I’ll call my daughter’s school and tell them that she won’t be coming to school, either. We will enjoy watching the snowfall from the comfort of our nice, warm home which the Lord has provided.
Answer to a prayer? Or coincidence? You decide. I’m going to think it’s an answer to my prayer. What’s your opinion? –Julie L. Spencer