View From The Ridge

View From The Ridge

Friday, October 28, 2016

Death Valley adventure

Have you ever wondered about the providence of God and His timing?  Do events “just” happen or  is there  some rhyme and reason to what goes on around us?   Let me tell you about one of our adventures back in in February of 2002.

We had just spent 5 days in Death Valley and were headed further south to my sister’s place.  As we were entering Palmdale on the freeway, I noticed the truck was losing power.  A quick check of all the gauges revealed nothing abnormal, yet at full throttle, 40 mph was top speed.  By the time I reached an off ramp, I was down to 35 and driving on the apron to keep from blocking traffic. 

Fortunately, we were within a mile of a big Auto Mall and a very large Chevy dealer.  Now this is on a Friday afternoon at 2:30, mind you.   Three & a half hours later and $338 poorer, we were back on the road with a new lift pump, praising God all the way.    The significance of all this is not that it happened or why, but the timing.  Timing is everything!

During the previous 7 days, we had driven from Summerville down hwy  95 though Fallon, Hawthorn, Tonopah and Beatty, Nevada, and dropped down into Death Valley.  Those familiar with that highway know there are long stretches of nothing between areas of nowhere.                                                        

Just the previous day in Death Valley we had driven to Marble Canyon 12 ½  miles up a ‘jeep trail’  that took over 90 minutes one way.  I personally didn’t think it made a good goat trail.  We passed no one  coming or going and there were no signs indicating you were even on the trail, other than an occasional painted rock.  No information, just paint. 

I don’t even want to think about the time or expense of towing us down that jeep trail, or even from who knows where in Nevada.  I do not handle that kind of frustration well at all.  Was it just a coincidence the pump went out in a major town like Palmdale?  Or was this the hand of a loving God keeping things together until the perfect time and place?  Knowing dealerships and parts inventory in today’s economy, I feel safe saying the Palmdale dealer was probably the only dealer on our route with a pump in stock. 

When was the last time you had a problem event in your life?  Did you complain about the timing, or did you even think about it?  Do you ever look back on events and think what the circumstances would be if it had happened earlier, or later?  Do you thank God for his perfect timing, or do you even realize that he is the author and protector of everything that happens, even the tiniest events.   God allowed that pump to break, but on His terms, not Satan’s.    

Death Valley again treated us to spectacular views of God’s creativity.  There were warm days and beautiful vistas of ancient and recent history ( And, yes, even golf at 235 ft. below sea level.  That in itself seems to be a miracle to have a virtual oasis in a place so dry and desolate).  Then God added his perfect timing gently reminding us of his ever present protection if we will just trust him. 

“This is what the Lord says, he who appoints the sun to shine by day, who decrees the moon and stars to shine by night, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar -  the Lord Almighty is his name”.  Jeremiah 31:35.

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