I’m not much into ‘parking space prayers’ – in fact just the mention of them gives me cold shudders. I know God is interested in the details of our lives, but something in that idea leaves me cold.

But I do believe God answers prayer and sometimes the strangest stuff.

Yesterday I was doing some retic work at a large apartment complex near the city. I had been there once and needed to go back and find a solenoid that was stuck open. I wasn’t sure how I was going to go because it is a big area and sometimes they can be real buggers to locate.

Anyway after doing some maintenance I began the hunt. My solenoid detector wasn’t giving me any love and in all of my walking around this place I had only managed to see one solenoid – but not the one I needed. I walked around for about 40 minutes, tried a number of different things, but without any success. I was starting to get worried. Maybe I would have to resign myself to the fact that this one ‘beat me’. I haven’t had that happen yet so I didn’t like the thought of it.

As I walked around I began to pray… ‘Lord I could really use a hand… any time soon…’

I walked across to an area I had walked past several times and there in the middle was a green lid of a solenoid box. It was in the wrong place to be the one I needed but it was the only one I could find, so I had to at least check it out. Anyway I opened it up to find it was leaking… It was the one I needed…

What a relief.

And how nice to have a moment of grace in the midst of a fairly ordinary working day.

I have no idea why God answers some prayer and not others. I don’t know why he chose to help me out yesterday and not other days, but I reckon he did and I enjoyed the moment.

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