Republished Blog Post
This week’s Life@CityChurch highlights a personal testimony from long time member Chris Davis. This story is about God’s involvement in the our every day – and by involvement we mean: relentless pursuit of us.
My wife believes very strongly it’s important to make fun a priority in life. I’m smart enough to agree with her. Although, I have to say, fun does need to be balanced with what’s practical. So, when we needed to replace our car, we bought a used Toyota MR2 convertible! It was the type of fun car my wife assured me we needed, and it would get 30+ mpg, meeting my desire to cling to the practical things of life.
The car is great on gas and I must admit, it is fun to put the top down, turn the radio up, and drive.
However, the fun was placed on pause Monday, May 21st, 2012, when a friendly North Carolina Highway Patrolman took the time to ask me if I new how fast I was going, just before he gave me a speeding ticket, as I literally was going over the river and through the woods to Grandma’s house, my Mom and Dad’s place.
God Hears our Prayers
Two weeks went by and I found myself headed back to my parents house, down the same rural road where I had received my speeding ticket two weeks earlier. This time, I was painstakingly obeying the speed limit, secretly hoping I would pass that State Trooper so that he could see how careful I was driving since our last conversation.
But the road is Looong, and wide open, free from traffic, and my car is sporty, and 45mph seemed so slooow! By the way, I don’t have cruise control.
LORD!, you have to at least give me something good to listen to while I drive the rest of this road!; I said aloud, as I impatiently motored along. He really didn’t have to help me. But he did, because he loves me.
God Hears our Prayers, and He Has a Sense of Humor
I reached over and pressed one of the three buttons for one of the three preset radio stations on my cars’ radio that I knew would provide Christian music with adequate reception for my location, and heard…
45 in a 35
Sirens and fines
While I’m running behind
This is the stuff
That drives me crazy
This is the stuff
That’s getting to me lately
In the middle of my little mess
I forget how big I’m blessed
This is the stuff
That gets under my skin
But I’ve gotta trust
You know exactly what You’re doing
Might not be what I would choose
But this is the stuff You use…
So break me of impatience
Conquer my frustrations
I’ve got a new appreciation
It’s not the end of the world
Whoa ho ho ho
The song was, “This Is The Stuff” by Francesca Battistelli. God has a since of humor, and he knew that I needed a lesson in patience, so that with His help, I can conquer my frustrations and gain a new appreciation for my situation(s), while remembering how BIG I’m blessed. The song was the first thing I heard on the radio the morning after I received my speeding ticket and now God had queued it up for me again at the exact time and place I needed it!
God had heard my prayer and answered it immediately. With the top down, and the radio up, I obediently proceeded 44 in a 45, marveling at God’s love for us, the splendor of his creation, and yes, his humor, amidst my tears and laughter.
God Loves You!
And if you have any doubt about whether God loves you, he does. A lot! I know because he loves me, and he answered my impatient, imperfect prayer for a song because of his love for me, a imperfect, impatient guy, who manages to do my share of things wrong, including speeding.
The song that played was not happen chance. The odds of that song playing, on that radio station, at the exact moment I heard it are at least 251,922,166,400 to 1(see Fig. 1), only taking into consideration:
- The number of times I go to my parents house per year on average (104 times)
- That I would go to their house within a 3 hour window on June, 5th, 2012 (a 10,800 second window)
- That I would pick only one of three radio stations out of 15 or more choices
- That I would hear the song I heard out of about 246 songs played on that station that day
- And that the song played at the exact second of a 304 second song
To put these odds into a comparison, the odds me winning the largest lottery in history, when it’s value was $541 million dollars, were about one in 175 million to one. So, that means I was at least 1,440 times more likely to win the largest lottery in history than to have “This Is The Stuff” by Francesca Battistelli, play at the specific place in the song I heard it, on 106.9 the Light, Tuesday, June 5th, 2012, at 5:41 p.m.
I know God loves you, because of how he loves me!
Romans 8:28 – And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.