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By Evelyn Rawlinson
love the way God sometimes works through those who serve Him. This is a
story from my own life about one of those times.
was making my way to work one day and stopped behind a motorcyclist at
an intersection we were both planning on crossing as soon as the
cross-traffic cleared. As the traffic cleared and the
motorcyclist started to cross the intersection, his Harley
died. He restarted it, tried again, and again it died.
After unsuccessfully trying a couple more times, the white-haired
gentleman pushed his bike to the curb to get off the roadway. I
rolled down my window and asked if he needed help. He
sheepishly admitted that he had run out of gas and asked if I could
drive to the nearest gas station and bring him a gallon of gas. I
I didn't have a gas can with me, but the gas
station attendant was kind enough to let me borrow one. I filled
the gas can and climbed back into my car. Sensing the
opportunity to tell the motorcyclist about Jesus Christ, I dug through
my purse to find a tract. The first one I came across was
entitled "Heart Trouble?" I didn't think it really fit the
situation, so I continued to search my purse for a more generic
tract. Any other tracts I could find fit the current situation
even less; so, I said "Okay, God, I guess he's getting this one."
I returned to the intersection where the gentleman was still waiting
for me (not that he had much choice) and handed him the can of
As he poured the gas into his Harley, he asked how
much he owed me. I answered, " You don't owe me anything."
He continued to insist upon giving me some cash to at least cover the
gallon of gas. I handed him the "Heart Trouble" tract and told
him that if he read this tract, I would consider us even. He
glanced at the tract and then stared at me in amazement. "You're
kidding!" he exclaimed, "I just had quadruple bypass surgery and
had a stent implanted!" I went on to tell the man that if he
would turn his life over to Jesus Christ, he would be taken care
of. The man slipped the tract into his back pocket, started his
Harley and drove off.
I realized later that the tract I
had given this man had been sent to me as a sample by a Christian
publishing company about 15 years ago. This tract, that God had
made sure was placed in my purse those many years ago, had apparently
been getting shuffled around for over a decade waiting precisely
for this exact time and for this particular man! God's
timing is always perfect and even though we cannot always see it, He
plans and directs the paths of all those who love and serve Him just as
he prepared me to give that specific tract to that specific man at that
If you love and serve God, always trust
that He will provide you opportunities to tell others about salvation
through Jesus Christ. Be watching for those opportunities and
then be sure to act on them. When God provides you the chance to
tell someone about His Son, Jesus Christ, don't waste the opportunity
you have been given so serve your God.
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