"... and man did eat angels' food."
-- Psalms 78:25
Temple of the Lord, where I pastor, has Sunday evening worship services that begin at 7. Every Memorial Day we dismiss the Sunday night church service so our members can be with their families. This is how our governing church elders and I reward those church members who faithfully attend all worship services year after year.
Every Memorial Day for many years our daughter (Andrea Henderson Jones) and her husband Tim Jones, including their sons Luke and Jake, take their boat to the Tennessee River in Hamilton County. They take my wife Charlotte and I with them. We eat at restaurants at riverside. After our meals, their sons (our grandsons) usually ski.
While our boat was returning to dockside near dark to return home to Dalton on the night of May 26, we came upon another boat that had lost power, with multiple families with toddler-age children on board. My son-in-law tried to help the owner start the disabled boat, which didn't work. Because of the heat of the weather, the boat not starting, plus my night off from having to minister at the church including nightfall nearing, I started becoming discouraged that such time was a waste for my only night off from having to minister at the church.
Tim and his university-age son Luke then realized they had an additional battery in their boat, which they let the strangers in the other boat borrow to power their boat to the dock which was many miles away. Rain clouds with lightning, plus nightfall speedily approaching, also made the situation even more scary, which made the two boats run even faster to dockside.
When both boats reached dockside, we learned from other boaters at the dock that a few minutes before our two boats reached that dock a lady driving her boat crashed into another boat at that same dock. When I heard that bad news, I immediately realized that the reason we had to help the other boater with the dead battery was God's way of protecting our family and the other boater's family that was stranded many miles away from the two boats that crashed at dockside.
Dear reader, if you have ever said "If I could see God, I would believe and serve him." Remind yourself of those fearful moments of unexpected, fearful tragedies that would have happened to you if something or someone had not changed your plans. That unexpected someone could have easily been God for your protection, or blessing you!
The Rev. G. David Henderson is the pastor of Temple of the Lord at 611 S. Green St. in Dalton. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org. His column appears on the first Friday of the month.