Revisiting: This is the Way

Today's revisit is one that is going to be added to my "Good Memories" scrapbook.  How it helps me to remember that God is always there.  Even in an elevator.


Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”  Isaiah 30:21

Our trip to Chicago was eventful in a number of ways.  We spend over 25 minutes going around and up and down in the Northwestern Memorial Hospital Parking garage trying to find a handicapped spot.  We ended up in a difficult spot on the tenth floor of the garage. 

(To truly appreciate this next part of the story, one must know that there are few buildings big enough to warrant elevators in our small town.)

After the appointment, at the elevator leading to the parking garage floors, my five-year-old grandson make his way too quickly on to the elevator.   My son and I tried to stop the doors from closing on him to no avail.  

My two sons and I panicked as the doors shut in front of us. Here was a five-year-old alone in Chicago.  We had no idea what he would do.  All sorts of scenarios flashed before me.  Would he get off on another floor?  How would we know which one?  What if someone took him?  What if he was crying and scared.  My son pounded on the button trying to get the elevator to open - but it had already left the floor we were on.

I'm gonna find some stairs," my son said.  But even as he spoke, the elevator doors slid open before us and out walked Ryan, all smiles.

"I just pressed 2." he said proudly.  "I knew that was where we were.  We were at 2."

Almost faint with relief - we hugged him and praised him as we made our way back into the elevator and to our car.

Once settled in the car, my son turned around. "Ryan, how did you know what to do? How did you know where we were?"

My grandson beamed back.  "My head told me what to do."

Grabbing that moment, my son explained how, if we are quiet and don't panic, we can hear God's telling us what the next thing is that we should do.

Ryan's little voice popped up again, "Well then, thank you, God!"

Talk about a teachable moment.  Yes, for Ryan.  

But also for me.

How often do we realize that those words in our heads can be from God?

Do we listen to that still, small voice telling us which way we should go?

If God will tell a small child which elevator button to push to keep himself safe - how can I doubt that He will not, most certainly, do the same for each of us?

Father God, Thank you for the lessons and examples you place in our lives.  Thank you that all those worries were for nothing, and that Ryan listened to the voice that would keep him safe. Thank you for the trust of a little child and his words, "Well then, thank you God!"  Amen and amen.


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