There it was again, that light on the dashboard of the car.
It was in yellow, like a sentence highlighted on a page to point to its importance.
I had seen it before, and knew what was going to happen; my car was going to shut off.
I had just left the office and was driving to Portmore in Saint Catherine Jamaica in peak traffic.
Cars lined the highway on either side as motorists hurried towards the toll booth.
I was right smack in the middle when it happened.
Several thoughts flashed through my mind; thoughts of exiting the car in my heels on the busy highway – thoughts of having to get the car pushed or towed out of the way – thoughts of the tremendous pile up of traffic that would ensue as a result of everyone slowing to see what was happening.
“Ohhhh, what a disaster!” I thought, as I switched the car off and restarted.
My car was overdue for service and I had been procrastinating.
Served me right, eh?
I switched off and tried again and it restarted about the fourth time.
With relief I proceeded to the booth, made my payment and continued driving, this time straight to Mr. Allen, the mechanic.
Mr. Allen was highly recommended to me by a friend some months ago and he was right in the area where I was driving. I pulled into his shop, parked the car and asked for him.
I waited a few minutes and explained the issues I was having to a worker until he arrived, a dark man of slim built and a calm demeanor.
He smiled when he saw me and I smiled back.
“Hi Mr. Allen!”
I explained that I wanted to make an appointment to service the car because it had shut off on the highway.
He asked me to give him a moment as he climbed some wooden stairs and headed to a room that looked like an office.
When he returned, he had a machine that looked like an ipad in his hand. He told me that he was going to connect it to my car to help to decipher what the exact issue was.
I leaned on the driver’s door and watched as he touched buttons and read codes.
“Can you check the AC for me as well please” I asked, leaning over to press the AC button to demonstrate another issue I was having.
“Sometimes when I turn it on the car vibrates and I worry and get afraid that it will shut off so I haven’t used it” I explained.
Mr. Allen paused what he was doing and looked up at me.
“What you afraid for?” he asked me.
“What a di worse ting that could happen?”
“You shut off” he said, answering his own question.
“If you shut off, God will always send somebody to help you. All if you come out and fold you hand, somebody will always stop.” he told me.
“God will always send somebody to help you” he repeated.
When he said that, something in me ignited. I looked at him and smiled, like a young girl who is told something sweet.
“Wowwww!” I said.
He took his slim hand and placed it on his chest and said, “me a no one Christian”.
I guess he said that to let me know that he wasn’t preaching to me, but that he was just sharing something that he knew to be true.
God always sends help when we need it.
What he said stuck with me so much for the rest of the night and into the next day. I reflected on my life and found what Mr. Allen said to be so true – God always sends someone to help when I need it.
There have been moments along life’s journey when I have felt like a malfunctioning car; shutting off, shutting down, giving off warning signs. There have been times when I have also felt afraid and even helpless, however as I reflected I realised that I have never been left alone.
Help always came and so it is up to this day.
I thought of an appropriate scripture to reference and Psalm 46 came to mind. It starts by saying, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear…”
You can read the rest of it here.
That trouble could come in the form of car problems; it could be on the job, at home or troubles with your health. No matter what it is, God is always there, right in the midst and at the time when we need it most He sends help.
Mr. Allen’s simple message was reminding me to take assurance in this. If we are reminded and know quite well that no matter what is happening God will send help, then we wouldn’t worry or be afraid and I really do believe that is what He expects from us.
No matter where you are today or this week, no matter which dark lonely road you may find yourself on or if you feel stranded on life’s highway, this is a message to let you know that help is on the way.
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[About the Author: Sandie Heron is a Radio Presenter/Producer on Roots 96.1FM, a community radio station founded by the Mustard Seed Communities. The programme which airs every Friday at 12:45pm -1:00pm tells the stories of citizens in Kingston and other communities in Jamaica and overseas who remain positive and who beat the odds despite desperate circumstances.]
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