One morning recently I was getting the oil changed in my car and happened to be wearing a T-shirt from a college in which I have taught. An older gentleman in the car stall next to me mentioned that he had represented the institution in a legal case a long time ago. He asked what my connection was to the college and when I told him I was an adjunct faculty he was so happy. I asked him about the battle he referred to and he told me about several charges the federal government filed back in the ’70s that included a threat to shut down the school. Because this gentleman was the lawyer for one of the people involved who had donated to the school, he was asked to represent the college in the case. During the week of the hearing it was a touch and go situation and it looked like the school might be in jeopardy. One night after praying about it, he said the Lord gave him an idea about a possible solution for the judge. He presented it to the college administration and then to the judge and quickly, as he said it, “those Washington lawyers packed up and went home. All charges were dropped.”
I told him, “Oh man, thanks for being there for the school back then. I was teaching there last week and I can tell you for sure that many students are benefiting today because of what you did.”
Here’s where it gets special.
He started to cry and said in a trembling voice, “I’ve been a little down lately. I asked the Lord this morning to let me see today some way He has used me, some difference I had made. And now, I run into you and God has answered my prayer. I’m so blessed. I’m so happy. God is so good! Hallelujah!”
We hugged and cried while the oil change men stood by watching. And I went on my way, amazed one more time how truly awesome our God is and how present He is in our everyday lives, if we’ll just slow down enough to notice.
Director, LifeWay Worship