“A person may plan his own journey, but the Lord directs his steps.” – Proverbs 16:9
It was a hot day in July when my husband and I prepared for a journey to purchase a load of sod. We decided to take the smaller of two trailers available to haul the grass. We arrived at the appointed time. The bundles of sod were loaded on the trailer and firmly secured with ropes. We had only traveled a short distance on the trip back home when we saw smoke coming from the tires. The load was too heavy for the small trailer. Rubber was burning off the tires. We stopped and pulled off the highway. The load had to be lightened. I prayed, Lord please help us and give us strength to do what needs to be done on this hot day.
We untied the ropes and began to move the heavy bundles of grass to the truck. We had pulled off the highway in front of a small residential area. A young man came out of his house, crossed the street, and offered to help us. We happily accepted. Then his neighbor came across the street to offer her help and she brought bottles of cold water. She insisted that my husband and I take a water break while they continued to work. Most of the bundles were transported to the truck and the trailer load was lightened.
One summer day on a prepared trip to get sod that did not go as planned, but was so much more fulfilling, God used two strangers to help us. The four of us, a veteran, a young soldier, and two retired educators worked, talked, and connected, unafraid even in the midst of a Covid-19 pandemic. We witnessed to each other the goodness of God. Goodbyes were said and once again we started on our way home with a lightened load and full hearts. We took home so much more than bundles of grass that day; we took lifetime memories of the kindness of total strangers. We took home a spiritual renewal as we felt that surely we too had touched the hem of His garment. You may have a need to lighten your load as you travel on your journey this Lenten season or you may even need to add to your load. Be strong, be courageous, and do not be afraid. Trust in God to direct your steps.
Thank you for loving us and directing our paths. Help us to remain faithful, devoted servants and trust in you. I love you Lord and I praise You. In Jesus’ name, Amen
Elizabeth Oxendine is a member of Ashpole Center UMC