Monday, December 16, 2013

Unexpected Peace from Google™ Maps

  “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” Genesis 18:14a, NLT

I read the verse above.  I think what a silly question that is.  Of course not we say.  But do we really believe it?  We go from emotional exhaustion to physical exhaustion and often have both at the same time.  We cry out to God only half expecting that he’s really listening to us.  After all, nothing has changed.  Our situation hasn’t changed.  In fact, it has gotten worse!

That’s where I found myself a few years ago.  Our oldest was running away from his troubles.  This was not your typical adult child making some poor choices.  He was literally running away.  He was fleeing the country, running from the law, and his plan was to never return.  I got wind of his plan shortly after he had left the area.

I didn’t know where he was going or if he’d even contact me.  I didn’t know if I’d ever see him again.  Was he going to be safe?  Was he going to have a psychotic break while over the border?  Or worse yet, was he going to die in a foreign country alone and scared?  I had many more questions with no answers.

Through some good connections I found out what city he was in and that he was near the coastline.  One evening I was up late praying for him and for some peace about his safety.  I had heard that he was visiting a friend.  This friend was a strong Christian so that gave me a bit of relief.  Still I wanted to “see” him.  After the prayer I decided to Google™ his general location and “walk” up the coast near the border using street view.  I just wanted to see the area where he was.  But God had something way better planned for me.  God knew just what I needed and had orchestrated an image just weeks before.  Just a few minutes later when I was almost to the border I saw him.  I couldn’t believe my eyes.  There he was.  Google™ had taken that picture at just the right time just for me to see him.  What were the odds of that happening?  Think about it.  He left the country and went to Tijuana, Mexico and Google™ takes his picture right when he’s knocking on the door at his destination complete with garbage bags that he had put his belongings in.  I don’t know about you, but what I did know right then was that God understood just what I needed even before I knew what I needed.  He was showing me that David was o.k.  I just started crying at the sight of him for two reasons.  One was that I could see him.  The other was that I felt the gentle arms of God comforting me and giving me peace.


I also noticed that the image date on the bottom of the picture say April 2009. David was there in May of 2010.  So, is there an error with the image date or was David's picture miraculously imposed into the April 2009 picture?  I really don't know, but either way it is so amazing how God's timing is always perfect.

David was still there.  He was still in way over his head.  He was still deep into his altered reality and in his own way thinking that he could make a “fresh” start.  His mental illness didn’t stay in Wisconsin when he fled.  All of these realities were still reality.  But just seeing him and knowing he was with a good Christian friend was just what I needed.  


Nothing is too hard for God.  Do I believe that?  Do you?

Prayer:  Lord, help me in my unbelief.  Help me to know that nothing, absolutely nothing is too hard for you.


Ann Gapinski

Image Courtesy of Google™ Maps

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