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.