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At this point, I began arguing with myself. I could not get home without getting gas. Just a simple fact of life.
It's not that I haven't run out of gas before, for I have. And, it's not like I run out of gas every week, contrary to opinions of my Better Half, for I don't.
My argument went something like this:
"This would be a good time to meet her. Just step out in faith and trust God."
"No, get gas for car, you can always get lunch some other day."
Because of traffic, I had plenty of time to debate thoroughly and heatedly both sides of issue at hand. This went on for about 30 minutes.
Finally, I submitted evidence on hand to God. "Oh God, I can't do both and I don't know which is right one to do."
A peace settled on me and I headed for restaurant.
At restaurant, I found young lady was not waitressing, but was shift manager for day. When I was seated, I asked for her. Then I didn't know what to expect. I really did not know her and she did not know me at all.
She came to my table and I introduced myself. I knew her grandfather, which was an opening for a very delightful conversation. She sat at my table for about 10 minutes and we chatted like old friends.
I finished my lunch and waitress brought my bill. I stared at it for a few minutes and realized after paying for lunch I had a grand total of 6 cents left. Not quite enough to buy gas for car. I chuckled one of those nervous chuckles when you don't know what's going to happen, but you know you've done right thing.
Then unexpectedly my waitress came to table, snatched up my bill and said, "Your lunch has been taken care of." And with that, she whirled away leaving me in a semi-shocked condition.
Going to door to leave, young lady came to see me off. I profusely thanked her for lunch, and she simply smiled.
Driving to gas station, a verse of Scripture played on my mind.
"There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it." (1 Corinthians 10:13 KJV.)
The best way to win an argument is submitting evidence to God. He always has a workable plan.
The Reverend James L. Snyder is an award winning author whose writings have appeared in more than eighty periodicals including GUIDEPOSTS. In Pursuit of God: The Life of A. W. Tozer, Snyderís first book, won the Readerís Choice Award in 1992 by Christianity Today. Snyder has authored 8 books altogether.