Monday, April 25, 2016

Hugs from God

He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust. Psalm 91:2

Alone in a strange city. Afraid of upcoming medical appointments. Needing encouragement. I stood at the rental car counter, wishing I could escape the entire experience.

The small airport was quiet and full of friendly, helpful people suggesting restaurants and places to visit. It was nice to smile for a few minutes and talk about the weather. The young man offered to bring the car around front since it was raining and I gratefully accepted. Perhaps I looked as tired and stressed as I felt.

I walked to the double doors, realizing I didn’t know what kind of car to expect. Three or four cars pulled up, but none carried the nice young man. I saw a little red car and thought of home. My car is red. It’s my favorite color. When the man I was waiting for stepped out of it I almost cried.

God knew my fears and insecurities. He knew I didn’t want to be there, much less alone. He also knew I needed a smile. The young man might have guessed what color I liked since my shiny, new suitcase was bright red but how often do rental car places have red cars?

I had a huge team of friends and loved ones praying for me. They had no idea one answer to their prayers was a little red car. I’m certain no one prayed for it, but I knew it was a hug from God. He knew what would make me smile. He knew that every time I had to go somewhere I would climb in that little car and remember His love.

God wants us to know He cares. I often wonder how many reminders of His love I miss in the busyness of life. He cares about the little things. He knows my needs, my wants, and my favorite things. I needed a reminder that I wasn’t alone. That little red car was my reminder that God not only had every event of the next 17 days under control, He would also take care of the little things.

We all face things we dread, that make us feel insecure, perhaps even cause us to question God. Remember. Look for God in the little things. Expect God in the big things. Believe God in all things. He is faithful.

© Copyright by Norma Gail Thurston Holtman, April 22, 2016

About the author:
Norma Gail is the author of the contemporary Christian romance, Land of My Dreams. A women’s Bible study leader for over 21 years, her devotionals and poetry have appeared at, the Stitches Thru Time blog, and in “The Secret Place.” She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America, and the New Mexico Christian Novelists. Norma is a former RN who lives in the mountains of New Mexico with her husband of 40 years. They have two adult children.
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  1. Isn't it wonderful how God orchestrates every part of our lives and how much those little nudges and those little hugs can mean when we are hurting or scared?

    1. Yes, it is, Connie! We have a very loving and gracious God!

  2. Oh Norma, what a sweet way God cared for you during such a difficult time! I pray you are getting the answers and treatment you need, my friend. I know you have been suffering so much, and my heart aches for you. Praying God brings you more precious hugs as you forge through this season.

    1. Thank you for your encouragement, Chris! I really appreciate the prayers. We are on the path to discovering some answers. Most problems will never entirely go away, but I am doing well and learning new ways to cope. I am blessed.

  3. What a great story! Reminds me of the time I had to take a plane by myself from Eastern Russia to South Korea. So nervous! But, in a country full of strangers, I recognised the lady in front of me in the line. We had briefly met once. She sat beside me on the flight and then volunteered to ride the bus across the city to make sure I got off at the right spot! Never felt so loved. :)

    1. Doesn't God do the most amazing things! He constantly shows us that we have no reason to doubt His love and care!

  4. His faith endures, always. He is in everything. We just need to look for him:)