Monday, July 30, 2007

Providence

There are times in life that you know you are in the right place at the right time.

Today was one of them.

After church we stopped by my parents house to pick up the kids who had stayed the night. We visited for a bit and then we headed home.

There are two ways to get to our house. One very common way, through major roads, and another way that crosses a huge wash (that's desert speak for a river bed that is always dry, except when the monsoons come and they fill with swift water that "washes" away as soon as it comes.)

The Mister knew that the road would be closed but I was insistent that I wanted to see how badly it had flooded out. I also figured it wouldn't be all that flooded since it had been 12 hours or so since the last storm.

We arrived to the washed out and barricaded road and had to turn around. We turned down another side street that we thought might take us out to the bigger road when I realized that there was an elderly man lying in the desert on the side of the road. At closer glance, he was trying to use the cell phone and the dog he had been walking was looking a bit agitated and was pulling on the leash. I told the Mister that something wasn't right and that maybe we should stop.

It turned out that this elderly man had been walking the dog and his legs got weak. The dog was pulling hard on the leash and he lost balanced. He had been down for several minutes and couldn't get a hold of his wife who was in the house up the street about 200 yards away. The Mister was able to assess that he wasn't broken in any way and helped him get to his feet. We then carefully got him in our car and The Mister drove him home while I walked the dog on his leash up to the house.

When we arrived the wife had been watching out the window, fearing that the old man had been gone too long. She was so grateful that we had been there to help.

I love seeing the Providence of God. I love it even more when He allows me the privilege of being a part of it.

Job 10:12:
You gave me life and showed me kindness,
and in your providence watched over my spirit.

3 comments:

Lara said...

This made me weepy!

dcrmom said...

What an AWESOME story.

Lara said...

I was weepy when I read this this morning...that was before I had my coffee...then the caffine kicked in and I thought SHE DOESN'T HAVE TIME TO BE OUT SAVING OLD PEOPLE! SHE NEEDS TO BE FINISHING HARRY POTTER! Needless to say I haven't forgotten...where are you in the book anyhow?