Do Angels Drive Mercedes?
The following is a true story . . .
Sitting in my car in the trashy alley by the river in Pittsburgh, I was utterly lost. I had driven through so much new construction that my map was worthless. The waning rays of day cast shadows through the large bridge I was sitting under making the area look even more hostile and not a place to be caught alone in the dark. Sighing, I thought, “I’ll never make it to the seminar. At least not on time, and I hate being late!”
It started the week before when I heard about a seminar on the struggling church in China being held at a church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Everything seemed to be at the last minute: discovering the seminar, calling the last day of enrollment and getting permission to leave work early on short notice. But the Lord had placed China in my heart, and I really wanted to attend that seminar. Time wise, getting there was going to be tight since I was driving from Columbus, Ohio.
Now there I sat at 6:45 p.m. with the seminar starting in fifteen minutes. I prayed, “Lord, I am lost, and I really don’t want to be late. Please help me to find my way to the church. In the name of Jesus, Amen.” Just then a Mercedes pulled out of a side street right in front of me, and I had this sudden strong urge to follow the car. It turned left out of the alley, and I turned left following. We went down the road, turned right, cut through another alley, turning left onto a main road. We passed through a four-way stop, turned right and followed a short detour of orange signs. We made more turns through some construction and came to a traffic light turning yellow.
We slowed to a stop, but just before the light turned red, the Mercedes took off straight through the intersection leaving me stuck at the red light. As I watched it disappear into the traffic, I looked at my watch . . . three minutes to go. I thought, “Have I been stupid?” The light turned green, and as I was passing through the intersection, I noticed a church on my right. It was THE church with the entrance to the parking lot right in front of me! I parked, went in, sat down, looked at my watch, one minute till seven! The speaker stood up and said, “Let’s get started.”
To be honest, I didn’t hear the first few minutes of his talk. I was sitting there marveling at what had transpired in the last fifteen minutes. I wondered, “Do angels drive Mercedes?” Then my mind passed from that thought to a Scripture I had read long ago. In Psalms 22:5 it says, “They called to You and escaped from danger; they trusted You and were not disappointed.” I trusted, and I was not disappointed.
Scripture quoted from, The Good News Translation.
Copyright © 2009 by William D. (Nick) Nichols