A cool breeze blew across the lawn on that hot February afternoon in 2012 as we stood before our friends and family and together sang that wonderful hymn, Great is Thy Faithfulness. That song has indeed been the overarching theme of our married life as God has continually proven Himself faithful.
What a faithful God have I,
What a faithful God.
What a faithful God have I,
Faithful in every way.
As we sang those words this past Sunday, I had no idea that once again, God was about to give us the opportunity to grow in faith and trust Him to be the Faithful One.
We set out from North Cotes Tuesday afternoon, a little behind schedule, but not too worried as we had planned in some buffer time. The sun was shining in a blue sky as we traveled the first hour or so towards the port where we would get on the ferry to cross to Ireland. As the journey progressed, we hit rain that turned to sleet and snow. Then traffic slowed to a halt as we approached Manchester at rush hour. Looking at the map I began to panic, seeing that our buffer was quickly being eaten up and it was likely that the original time we had calculated was grossly wrong. Traffic finally cleared and we began picking up speed on the motorway. Then the words “uh-oh” escaped my husband’s mouth as the engine of our ‘93 Land Rover Discovery cut out.
Begin opportunity to trust God!
The adventure of the past 24 hours has shown us once again that while God’s ways are not our ways, He IS in control and He is Faithful! He demonstrated this through the assistance of friends caravanning with us, a quick response from the roadside assistance, a free place to spend the night with friends in the area. He orchestrated weather that cancelled our original ferry crossing allowing us to re-schedule for the following day, and when I called the American Consulate to see if I could change our appointment to register Grace’s birth, the lady informed me she had already sent me an email asking if we could re-schedule. As if that were not enough, He allowed the garage where our car was towed to solve the problem quite quickly and for a much more affordable price than originally expected.
It struck me that today is April Fool’s day. The Psalmist states, “The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God.” As we were pulled over to the side of the road yesterday awaiting help, I was in tears, worried and frustrated. Essentially, I was saying, there is no God in this situation. Thankfully, the Lord helped me to refocus and choose to trust Him, experiencing His peace as we awaited the outcome. I do not want to be a fool, April or otherwise. I want to say – there IS a God, and He is FAITHFUL! I know the outcome may not always be as rosy as they were this time, but God will always be faithful.