Ever been “hugged” by God? You probably have, but just didn’t know it. We were “hugged” three times in one day.
Thursday morning, Dave had an appointment with his pain doctor. Again, the van would not start, but this is how we see the hand (hug) of God. We allowed two hours to get there, more than we really needed. However, on top of that, when I got up in the morning I kept thinking we had to leave additional hour earlier. It is not that I thought we needed three hours, but that the two hours meant we had to leave at 10:40 instead of 11:40. The mistake proved to be providential when the van would not start.
We were able to call for someone to help us. They brought us their truck and loaned it to us for a couple of days. That whole incident is the first “hug”…the time mistake and the truck loan.
We plan to try and jump start the van and take it to get a new battery. The whole van not starting out of the blue has been driving us nuts, but we suspect the battery ‘may’ be the issue. We are praying it is since that would be an easy fix and fairly inexpensive. The battery did test good, though, so we really don’t know.
The second “hug” came later at Five Guys. Our budget is really tight, but there is a Five Guys near Dave’s appointment, so we decided to go get just fries. We each ordered a regular, but a young woman kindly told us that one large was cheaper and, basically, equaled two regulars. She suggested buying one large and offered to put it in two regular cups, so that is what we did.
We happened to sit where I could could see the orders being filled. I noticed the guy filling a large cup and thought he must have forgotten what she said. But then I saw other things going into the bag and figured it must have a phone in order. Next I know, he comes over with THREE bags. He gives one to Dave, one to me and explains that the third bag has toppings in it. In each of our bags, he had put a Planet Burger! And the fries? Each bag was like a large plus order of fries.
I asked him how this could be. They just wanted to bless us. I don’t know if they have any idea how much they blessed us. We did try to tell them. Dave even told the guy before we left that, in Christian circles, when someone is blessed like that it is like being hugged by God and thanked him for “hugging” us. He was very touched and then reached out and hugged Dave for real. I told them when we left that we prayed God would bless them. All of that was the second “hug”.
But wait! There’s more! Dave was in Aldi’s. I was so exhausted I waited in the truck while he ran in real quick to get green bananas. He was in line and the woman ahead of him noticed he was a veteran and thanked him for his service. They got to talking and she shared that her son had served in Iraq. Dave told her he knew how hard that had to be and she said she was just grateful to get him back all in one piece. They they said “goodbye”.
Dave stepped up and offered his credit card to the clerk. He said it was not necessary. She had paid for his bananas. He looked around for her when he came outside, but she was already gone. That was the third “hug”.
You know, sometimes in life, especially when things are challenging, we really need those extra little things (and sometimes big things) that remind us our Creator is there and that He loves us and is watching out for us. If he can prompt people to offer a truck, gives us lunch and pay for our bananas, can He not also take care of the other challenges we are facing? Yes, He can!
So, we received three “hugs” from God in one day through people who acted on the prompting of their hearts. They may not all have known they were vessels of His mercy and love, but that is OK. We know every good gift and every perfect gift comes down from above, from the Father. He is good.
I encourage you to look for His “hugs” every day…whether larger or small. They are there and I truly believe you will see them if you look for them.
Below is our frozen over creek. It is truly beautiful!