When I was studying at the Bible Institute of Ohio, I was gifted a 1980 Chevy Monza by a friend. That winter, the starter failed while it was parked in the church parking lot. Ralph Flynn and I got the old one out but putting the new starter in proved to be difficult. Someone had installed new transmission lines right where the starter was supposed to go. So instead of installing it from below (plenty of room) it had to be installed from the top.
It was so cold that we kept going inside to get warm. Ralph said, “We’re never going to get this done if you keep going inside.” So we went back out but couldn’t figure it out. That’s when a man on a bicycle with a British accent appeared. “Mind if I give it a try?” Zip. Zap. Zoop. It was in place. I was so surprised that I don’t remember if I thanked him or where he went afterward.
Today, I was sitting in my work truck in Lemoyne PA finishing up some business when I saw two ladies working on an older Ford Explorer. After my phone calls were completed, I walked over and asked if they needed any help. The owner told me that her spark plug popped out of the engine. I told her she might need a helicoil but I would take a look.
My tools were at home so her daughter drove me to the parts store where I purchased a 3/8″ ratchet, extension set, and a flexible spark plug socket. During the trip, I told her daughter the story of the British “angel” and how the Lord met my need unexpectedly. She also learned that I was from Ohio and that God had me there at just the right time.
When we got back to the parkimg lot, the spark plug threads didn’t want to grab, so I asked God for help. Soon after, the plug was securely tightened and the wire reattached. When Jennifer turned the key, the engine started and she shouted for joy! I about cried thinking back to my own situation almost 30 years ago.
You have heard people say that serving others is its own reward. That’s how I felt today. It was thrilling to see the happiness on their faces. And what’s more I got to talk to them about God taking care of our needs. What a great day!