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Truck Driver Appointment

Posted on May 16, 2009 at 2:52 PM

On the morning of May 3, I planned to attend the early (9 AM) service at the Vineyard Church of Delware County and then go home to do a list of projects on my personal agenda. As I walked in the side door to the church, the children's pastor asked if I could stay to help with the second service since she needed a helper with the first and second grade classroom. I said sure.

I attended the first service. The worship was great and the message focused on making Jesus the anchor for your life and the need to securely tether yourself to that anchor. A good message. I decided to go the the Flying J truckstop between services for the breakast buffet and lots of scrambled eggs. I always sit at the counter when I eat there alone and there was one clean place so that is where I sat. I said hello to the gentleman sitting to my right and he said hi back. When I started using my BlackBerry to check e-mail, Twitter and Facebook, he asked me about the device, how I liked it and about using Twitter and Facebook. He was from a rural area in a New England state and missed being home.

We talked about our jobs, people, issues in our jobs, etc. I needed to leave to go back to church to help with second service Chilldren's Ministry so I told him that and said it was good talking to him. He asked how far away the church was and I told him about two miles. He said that was too far for him to walk and that he wouldn't be able to park his big rig at the church parking lot. I realized he really wanted to go so I offered to take him there and bring him back.

He went to his truck and came back to meet me with his Bible in his hand. He proceeded to tell me that God was telling him to get more connected at his small church back home. I told him the message would speak to him directly. We went into church, I gave him quick directions on where to find coffee, restrooms and the auditorium for the service and told him where I would meet back up with him afterwards.

Children's ministry was great, the kids were appreciative of the teacher and me. One of the kids drew a picture for me and gave it to me with a hug. I met the track driver in the lobby, introduced him to a couple of men who also welcomed him to the church and told him he was welcome back anytime.

As we got back into the car to drive back to the truckstop, I could tell he was quite touched. He told me about his desire to get a different job off the road, get connected to the small church back home. He said the message really spoke to him and that he wanted to make sure Jesus was his anchor and that he stayed tethered to Him.

He went on to tell me how a few years back he went through stomach cancer, removal of his stomach and complete healing of the cancer. He did not suffer the usual complications from stomach removal and he has no problems related to that. He told me how he drew closer to God through that experience and that God was calling him again to draw even closer.

God took me on a detour that day to help display his Kingdom on earth. These divine apointments  with others tend to happen when I start out on my own selfish agenda. I am learning better to recognize when God makes these divine appintments for me. I know many times in the past he called on others to help me when needed.

Remember to say a prayer for truck drivers who aren't able to stay easily tethered to Jesus through their home churches. You just might be that tether when they are on the road.

Categories: Divine Appointments

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Reply Jen Baldwin
11:19 AM on May 21, 2009 
I am inspired by this testimonial... You sure have grown in faith in the last couple years. I am still working on letting my selfish agenda go to better seize "divine appointments." It's a little harder for me right now with a toddler though. But definitely something for me to keep in mind. I am so proud to know you! And I'll pray for truck drivers... :)