I went looking for God today. I arose out of sleep and decided that today I would seek out God. We all know that God is everywhere. We know that God created everything good. So this morning I decided to look for God.
There is a certain gas station I use to fill up my car. They have pure 100% gas, no alcohol added. My vehicles seem to perform so much better when I use 100% gas. Yes I am aware of carbon footprint reports but it is also a fact that my automobiles run more efficiently on 100% pure petroleum which in turn allows me to use less of it. Seems to me a win-win situation. It was there next to the pump that I first recognized a glimpse of God.
When I pulled up to the pump, unscrewed my gas cap and reached for the nozzle, I was startled by a guy with a floppy hat and empty gas can reaching for the same nozzle on the opposite side of the pump. He simply smiled while picking up the nozzle and began filling his own empty gas can. I was sure I had arrived before this guy and admittedly was annoyed. This guy must have realized this and simply said with a smile, “It won’t take me long.”
He was right, it didn’t take long….but in my mind it took an eternity. Finishing he nodded at me with that same smile, (of which I was growing tired of), and walked into the station to pay the cashier. I stood there more irritated watching him wait in line at the counter inside, while I waited for the pump to be reset outside.
It was during this lull of just waiting that I watched as another guy with another red gas can walked up to the very pump I was at and reached for the nozzle. As if in a western shoot-out, I reached for the nozzle and informed this new guy that I was next. He smiled and replied, “okay”.
The pump was finally cleared from inside the station by the cashier and I sighed, putting the nozzle into my car. My car was past empty and the little flashing light inside my car reminded me of it all the way there. I needed a full tank. This new guy standing with his empty gas can spoke up during the silence and reminded me of what a beautiful day it had been so far, (all while smiling at me). I pumped and pumped gas.
As I stood there I began feeling a little empty inside. Here’s this new guy with such a small red one gallon gas tank, and I rushed because I needed to hurry and fill my fifteen gallon gas tank on the car. It was then that I saw God. The Bible talks about God being in the “still, small voice”…..and here I was standing in His presence…..looking at a small one gallon gas tank.
The more I looked around the more I saw Him. I looked up and saw God in the elderly gentleman over to my right walking with a cane. And there was God opening the door of the gas station for the elderly gentleman in the form of a young teenager at just the right moment.
Over to my left God said, “look”. A parked car was there and God was directing a mother, to check the safety of the car seat of her small child, and then telling that same mother to tickle the child’s foot, making her giggle.
I heard the gas nozzle in my car make a loud clicking sound which indicated my tank was now full. God directed my attention down at the small red one gallon gas can this guy in front of me was carrying. My rush to be first at the pump had filled my car but had emptied my spirit.
We tend to forget that our rush should forever be to help others. When a banquet table is set….doesn’t the host serve the guests first? Here was a banquet full of gas for everyone and I rushed to be first. Even Jesus THE CHRIST washed his disciples feet. The greatest leader who ever walked upon this earth, knelt down and washed the feet of others. Jesus then said, “do as I do.” And the disciples lived this example out in their daily lives until God called them home.
I looked at the small red empty gas tank the guy had placed beside the pump at my feet and felt the presence of God and was humbled. It was then that Jesus’ words came back to me, “do as I do.”
I knelt down and reached for the gas can.
“Here”, I said. “Let me fill that up for you.”
The guy smiled and took the gas can out of my hand. “We got this.” he said. “God bless you brother.”
I said, “Are you sure?”
He replied, “Oh yeah brother…..God’s got this!!!………Be blessed!!!!”
And I was………..