Now I knew why he wanted me to tell this story; it was a lesson I taught him when he was young, that yes, we do, indeed, serve a God that has a sense of humor, but it is really all about trust.
It was the middle of winter and it had gotten very dark outside long before we arrived at our destination. A little over half-way there - well, probably a lot more than half-way there – it began snowing. The roads were getting more and more slippery and visibility was becoming much worse. I was driving, and back then when I was young, I was a much more confident driver in snowy conditions than I am now. But as it continued, it even became too much for me.
“Oh, man, Coco! We have to pray! Pray that God will relieve this storm for us at least until we get over the pass!” If the storm was this bad before the high mountain pass that was coming up, I hated to think what it would be like on that pass.
She began a fervent prayer, as I kept my eyes on the road. The very second we finished our prayer, the snow stopped. And I mean stopped completely…no gradual decrease in the amount of flakes or wind, just a flat-out, extremely abrubt end of it all. The dramatic change literally took our breath away. I could sense her shock, and feel her jump in surprise; I understood, probably because I did the same thing. Just as quickly, however, we both burst out laughing when we realized we had just entered a train tunnel that was over the highway. No snow or wind in there!! Though we laughed heartily, I still secretly hoped that on the other side of the tunnel, the storm would have subsided. It had not.
That’s as much as I remember. I don’t remember the drive over the pass or anything else that took place the rest of that trip. This little comical experience is the only thing that stuck in my mind. I’m sure at the time I didn’t understand why the Lord didn’t stop that storm for us, but I always did look at it like it was God’s sense of humor when our prayer ended the very second we entered the tunnel. One thing I know; that moment of laughter calmed us and relaxed us enough to make the rest of the trip a lot more comfortably.
Now that I’m older, I understand that God didn’t have to stop that storm for us. In fact, I firmly believe, instead: Why would He? He doesn’t promise to get us out of the tough stuff, only to get us through it. Can you imagine a God that was really nothing more than a genie in a bottle; granting us this wish because we think we need it; or granting another wish, not because we need it, but just because we wanted it? And this, for every individual that prayed every moment. Things, of course, would be chaos. I’ll bet there were a lot of people at the nearby ski lodge that were conversely praying that they might encounter such a snow storm on this night! And no, I don’t think God granted them their prayer over mine. We simply serve a God of order, Whom has set “laws of nature” in place for a purpose. Sometimes He changes those laws for a reason and that is a miracle. But always He knows what is best for us and continues to guide us through times of trouble; times of joy, and times of sorrow; times of learning; and times of grace. And every once in a while, I believe He shows us His grace through humor, as He did in this case.