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You Call This a Service Station?

One day a lady pulled into a self-serve gas station to fill up her car. She got out of her car, hurried over to the pump, lifted the nozzle to the gas pump, and tried to pump the gas. Nothing happened. She realized that this was a station where you had to prepay. Frustrated and in a hurry, she ran inside, paid the cashier, and returned to her car to resume the process of filling her tank.

She squeezed the handle, but still nothing happened. "What kind of lousy gas station is this? She mumbled angrily to herself. After trying again with no better results, she ran back into the cashier and started giving him a piece of her mind. With a concerned look on his face, the cashier talked right over the top of the lady's scolding.

"Ma'am, please stay right here! Don't go back to your car! I just called 911. When you started to leave the building after paying me, I saw a man get into the back seat of your car. It looked to me like he didn't belong there. The only way I could get you to come back inside without drawing attention was to turn the pump off."

Just then the police pulled up and took into custody the man who was hiding in the woman's car. The woman learned later that he was trying to get initiated into a very dangerous gang. Armed with a knife, he had planned to kill her and steal her car once they left the gas station.

Sometimes we feel resentful and frustrated about a disappointment, a failure, a loss, or a serious setback of some kind. We don't like it when life doesn't go as smoothly as we'd like. At those moments consider that God might be trying to get our attention, to slow us down so that we can hear His voice. Perhaps due to our frantic pace, we don't notice sin creeping into the back seat of our lives, putting us at great risk! Thank God that He's always on the lookout for us, and that at times he uses setbacks to rescue us from danger.

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward