My pastor friend, Virgil Covel, always prays for divine providences as he seeks to be a witness for the Lord. Sometimes God answers in very unique and unexpected ways.
A few weeks ago, he was headed to the office one morning when he was broadsided by a truck. The crash totaled his car. Then the truck drove off. Victim of a hit-and-run collision, and now sitting in a car that wouldn’t run, Virgil wondered what to do next. As he was gathering his thoughts he was surprised to look up and see the same truck come back and then pull up behind him.
Surprisingly, the young driver came over and apologized to Victor, then added, “I’m really in trouble; I’ll never be forgiven for this.”
“Is it your dad?” Virgil queried.
“No, I mean God. I wrecked a man’s car, I could have killed him, and I don’t even have a driver’s license.”
After pushing the car to a safe place the two headed for town in the man’s truck. Virgil sensed that he was talking to a young man who had some empty spiritual spaces in his life so he suggested they stop and have breakfast. Before the morning was over Virgil led the young driver to the cross where he found forgiveness. Later, when they got the paper work taken care of the young driver dropped Virgil off at his office. As he turned to leave, he put out his hand and said, “I hope you don’t misunderstand what I’m about to say, but I’m glad I hit you today.”
“Me, too,” Virgil replied. Truly God does have a story shop of divine providences. And as the Bible tells us, “What the enemy means for evil, God can turn to good” (paraphrase of Gen. 50:20).
By Don Jacobsen, prayer ministries with North American Division