Wellness Tip: (Spiritual) Your Steps Are Ordered
One day I left my apartment intending to make three stops. Walgreens, the post office, and the hospital since a friend’s dad had been rushed there that morning. I went to Walgreens and then the post office. As I was leaving the post office, there was a cop behind me flashing his lights and sounding his siren. To my surprise he was pulling me over! He pulled me over because my tags had not been renewed. I thought to myself, “What??? This has to be a mistake. I always pay my bills!” as I’m frantically looking for my registration and insurance. The registration I had was from last year and my insurance card had expired months ago. My insurance was paid up, I just had forgotten to make a copy of the ID cards and put them in my car.
Thankfully, the policeman did not write me up for expired tags, which he could have and it would have cost me over $100 in fees, PLUS the registration. However, he did write me up for not having my insurance card. He stated that I just needed to take a copy of the proof of insurance down to the clerk of court downtown and there would be a $10 charge. Since I was laid off two days prior to this, I was thinking, God? Really? Today?
After I renewed my tags at the DMV, I drove home to print a copy of my insurance cards. On my way home, I was feeling a bit anxious because I wanted to get to the hospital for my friend. I printed my card and headed downtown. Let me say right now, I LOVE my GPS! A geographically challenged girl trying to get around downtown Tampa without a GPS would have been a nightmare! I arrived at the courthouse, took my number and waited for my turn.
When I got to the counter, the guy behind the counter was astonished that I had received a ticket and was coming to pay it the same day. He said most people wait. He was also amazed that the officer did not write me up for my tags being expired. We continued to talk for a few minutes. It became apparent that he was a Christian. I don’t even remember what all I said, but as I was leaving he said, “You have such amazing faith. Here you are, having just lost your job, and you are encouraging me and I have a job! Thank you for your encouragement.” I then responded with, “Well, that right there was worth a $10 ticket!”
I walked outside and began to thank God for the opportunity to encourage another person. Even though I had to go through getting pulled over and getting a ticket, God ordered my steps to the courthouse because that man needed encouragement from God. I did get to the hospital and all is well with my friend and her dad. A good reminder, when the “unexpected” happens in your life, look for God’s purpose. When things happen outside of your plans, there may be a reason. He’s always working…
Psalm 37:23 “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and he delights in his way.” (NKJV)