Last week, in Hearing God’s Voice of Wisdom, Part 2A, I related the story of how God spoke to me through a perceptible voice in my mind that it was time to replace my old car. He then used circumstantial evidence to tell me what kind of a car to replace it with.
Or was this just my over-active imagination playing games on me?
I couldn’t tell, but since God promises wisdom, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” (Jas 1:5, NKJV), I decided to put it back in His hands.
Circumstances were such when I got home from the dealership that I wasn’t able to see my son before he left for his evening commitments, otherwise I would have told him to take his dad’s car. He hadn’t been gone 10 minutes when my cell phone rang: “Mom, I just put the Echo in the ditch!”
Though the road he had been driving on was posted 80 km/h, it was a road that was much more safely navigated at 50 km/h. Being a teen, my son was driving the real limit, and as he came up over the old rail-road crossing, he caught his first glimpse of the other car, also driving 80 km/hr–right down the middle of the road! My son took the more acceptable alternative to a head-on collision, swerved to the side, skidded out of control around the other car, and careened down the road for about 200 meters before sliding into the ditch on the side of the road. His speed was such that he continued to skid through the muddy ditch for another 200 meters, and the force on the front axle was so high that the tire popped off the wheel before he finally came to a halt with a front wheel straddling each side of the ditch.
I called CAA, and my husband and I took the other car to the site of the accident. We knew that CAA would likely see the need to call the police, at which time my son, as the only driver on the scene (the other car left–very quickly!), would likely be charged with reckless driving. I decided to put it all in God’s hands, and when the CAA driver didn’t see that the need to call the police, I thanked God. Meanwhile, I told my husband what the repairman had said about the Echo. After one look at the way the axle groaned over the open ditch, he was convinced: We had to replace the car: That same evening!
We limped our way back to the dealership. The little red Prius C was still on the lot, but more importantly, so was another Prius C. It had just come in, and it was priced within our price range. I now drive a new Prius C, and I know it’s the right car for me
How did God reveal His wisdom?
First through a voice in my mind. He knew I might not pay attention to just a voice in my mind, however, so He threw in a multitude of circumstantial evidence: The information from the shuttle driver, the necessary repairs, the accident, the fact that a Prius C had just come in, etc, to guide me to the perfect car at the perfect time.
No problem is too small, friends. God is there, ever eager to pour His wisdom out upon us. Our job is to open our hearts to Him and listen for His voice, either through His Word, through His peace, through circumstantial evidence, through words spoken in our hearts, or as is most often the case, through a combination of the above.
This is the last part of God’s Voice of Wisdom. If you have missed any of the previous parts, you can find them published online by clicking here, or email me here and I will send them to you. May God bless you abundantly as you learn to let Him be your guide in all things!
In His love,
Lyn Chaffart, Speech-Language Pathologist, mother of two, Author — “Aboard God’s Train — A Journey With God Through the Valley of Cancer”, Author and Moderator for The Nugget, a tri-weekly internet newsletter, and Scriptural Nuggets, a website devoted to Christian devotionals and inspirational poems, with Answers2Prayer Ministries. Follow Lyn on Twitter @lynchaffart.
(To access the entire “Hearing God’s Voice of Wisdom” mini-series, please click here.)