Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A Billboard Will Do

So, shortly after Ronel and I recorded yesterday's video, it was time to get me to the San Diego airport. I was flying to Sacramento Saturday afternoon so I could speak in Fair Oaks that evening.
As we got onto the highway we saw lots of cars, and realized the highway was closed ahead. Too late to do anything about it, we had to go through very slow traffic. Ronel knew just the route we could take to get to the airport once we made it off the highway, but it was going to take a while to get to the exit.

No need to worry, right?

God could handle the delay.

It wasn't a surprise to HIM.

Even so, I kept looking at the clock - re-figuring how many minutes I had to spare to make it on time. (Ever since I missed a flight out of Tampa, I have been very intentional about being early to an airport.) I knew God was in control. But I couldn't help thinking, What if I miss this flight? There's no other way I'll make it to Sacramento on time tonight!
I wanted to be calm. Wanted to trust. So I prayed.
Frequently.
And as I sat in the car, surrounded by slow traffic, praying - God, I know You can do this. Please get me to the airport on time, I looked out the window and saw a billboard for an inn down the road.
Know what it was called?
Relax Inn.
Yes. Right out my window in all CAPS I saw RELAX on a billboard. Then I heard in my mind the words Ronel had just spoken in the video we recorded, "He's got this." And I knew God was speaking to me. So I told Him, Yes, LORD. I understand. You've got this. And I need to RELAX.

Sometimes I have been known to ask God to show me a neon sign. But Saturday I found myself thinking, A billboard will do, God. Thanks!

Oh, and I did make it to the airport on time. With a huge smile on my face, and joy in my heart for the way God had just shown Himself to me. *grin*

Karen

6 comments:

TheUnSoccerMom said...

We serve an awesome God! :o)

He's got us for sure.

Nichole said...

Isn't it great when He gets our attention...I love this Karen, just another testimony of how God will use whatever format He wants to speak to His children!

Leah @ Point Ministries said...

I do love God's sense of humor. Sometimes He whispers and sometimes He just puts it on a BILLBOARD!!

Leah

Irritable Mother said...

Jodi - Yes, we do!
And HE does. :o)

Nichole - He is not limited, that's for sure. I love that God speaks in so many ways.

Leah - Somehow I think the billboard was not His first attempt at getting my attention. Seemed to me to be kinda like, Karen, I'm speaking to you. Come in, Karen!
*wink*

gianna said...

I love how your heart is so open to Jesus that you see His messages in everything!

Irritable Mother said...

Gianna - Thanks. I'm just thankful HE's so patient with me!