Finding God’s Love in the Creepy Guy at the Gas Station

Three years ago, my family was on vacation and I was in a gas station standing next to my two-year-old daughter. Out of nowhere, a dirty old guy with a long, white beard turned around and looked at her.

“You’re a pretty little girl,” he said, and then he reached down and tried to give her some change.

I laughed nervously and tensed up.

“Is it okay if I give it to her?” he asked.

“Well, she probably wouldn’t know what to do with it,” I said, hoping he would give up.

But I didn’t say no, exactly, and the next thing I knew, my daughter was standing in a gas station holding 36 cents. I was creeped out, and I immediately took it away from her after he turned around.

When we got back in the car, I felt like throwing the money out of the window. Thank God I didn’t.

Three hours later, my wife and I were coming up on a toll road and we didn’t have enough change in our car to pay the fee – or at least we wouldn’t have if it hadn’t been for the 36 cents that man gave my daughter.

I’m not saying the guy didn’t give me the creeps – he definitely did. But he also did a great job of reminding me that, regardless of the circumstance, the Holy Spirit has a knack for making “all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).

That truth gives me courage, reminding me that God’s love never fails, never stops, and always finds a way to redeem everything for me and the countless millions of others who love Him. Come what may, we can walk out into the world with a sense of awe and wonder about every single thing, knowing that “God is love,” His “[l]ove never fails” and because of that, we’re going to be all right (1 John 4:8; 1 Corinthians 13:8).

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