I am originally from the Northeast but did my undergraduate work in the Midwest. After spending time in a brand new part of the country, I was excited to show my new friends my part of the world. My parents agreed to let a gaggle of giggly 19-year-old girls invade their home. And just like that, my friends and I were off to spend our fall break away from the already almost freezing Michigan weather! I was so excited!
I planned the perfect weekend to showcase to my friends the beauty of New England and the glamor of New York City. Unfortunately, the weather in either of those places was aware of my plans. There was not a moment during our fall break that it didn’t rain. The rain washed away all the glamor of New York City and all the pretty leaves of New England.
My friends assured me they were content with staying inside all day, talking and watching movies. But I couldn’t help but feel cheated. I had planned the funnest weekend ever down to the minute, and it was all ruined!
The Final Straw
The final straw came when we finally left the house and took a bus into Boston. We saw what we could in the rain and headed back to the station to catch our bus. But when we got there, we noticed that the ticketing station was closed and that we would need exact change to get on the bus (which none of us had). Not only that, but if we didn’t take this bus, we’d be stuck in Boston and the rain for 12 hours!
So I did the obvious. I started to cry. My friends grabbed my hand and began to pray. In mid-prayer, I felt a tap on my shoulder and turned around to see a young man hand us each the exact change we needed to get on the bus and be able to make it home to where it was dry and safe.
In times of need, I always like to reflect on this memory and smile. Because I serve a God who can fill any need, no matter how big or small, even the needs of a gaggle of giggly 19-year-olds.
“And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19, NLT).
Jael Amador writes from New York.© 2002 - 2024, AnswersForMe.org. All rights reserved. Click here for content usage information.