Where there’s Smoke!

I used to be a road warrior. I was on the road traveling more than I was at home. Though it was a lot of fun, it required a tremendous amount of organization. I had two sets of luggage; one I carried with me, and the other was sitting at home packed and ready to go. I was on the road so much that I developed a routine of checking into a hotel room and immediately placing the Yellow Pages on the bed so I always knew my location.

Late one night as I was returning home from a business trip, I started planning what I needed to do over the next few days. I had been on the road for a couple of weeks and was anxious to get home. My plane arrived around 11 PM, and I was exhausted and starving. My hectic travel schedule often meant I skipped meals or grabbed a snack as I ran to catch the next plane. My plane landed, and I headed to the grocery store. I remembered I did not have any food in the house, so I needed to get groceries. I wanted to sleep late the next morning so I thought I would stop at the grocery store to pick up some food for breakfast.

To my surprise when I turned down my street, instead of stopping at the grocery store as planned, I changed my mind and decided not to go. I do not know why I changed my mind, I just did. I drove past the store and went directly home. When I pulled into my driveway, I noticed that my flower bed in the front of my house was smoking. All of the mulch in my 10’x 5′ flower bed was smoldering. My flower bed had a light system in it to shine on the flowers and the bushes at night.

I pulled into the driveway and jumped out of the car. My first thought was to turn off the electricity. The switch was inside the house so I ran to the door and unlocked it as quickly as I could. I knew by the amount of smoke that was rising the mulch was going to go up in flames in seconds. I ran into the house and turned off the electricity to the flower bed. After turning off the electricity, I ran back outside to investigate. As soon as I stepped out of the house the entire flower bed including the mulch, the lamps, the bushes and the trees went up in flames. I ran and got the hose and put out the fire.

Had I followed my plan and gone to the grocery store my house could have burned down. What if I had ignored Him? What if I had not been “prayed up” and did not hear His voice? Situations like this are constant reminders of how God works in our lives. It is a reminder of how He loves us and is our protector.



2 thoughts on “Where there’s Smoke!

  1. “Situations like this are constant reminders of how God works in our lives.”

    I so agree! This testimony was a great reminder of that! Thank you for this illustration of how God spoke to you. May we tune in like never before to hear His voice!

    God bless!


    1. Dayna,

      Tuning in is a good point! As I turned down my street, I did not hear a loud booming voice saying, ” Sandra go home!” But as I passed by the grocery store I questioned why I did not stop. At the time, I did not recognize the Lord speaking. I didn’t get it until I put the fire out. That’s when I recognized it was the Lord, and what would have happened if I had gone to the store.


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