Daily Devotional November 28, 2022

Rerun of Daily Devotional November 28, 2017

Yesterday I went to Temple to buy some parts for my beloved tractor.  On the way home, I stopped at Buc-ee’s, my all-time favorite gas station, and filled up the truck.

When I got into the truck and turned the key, nothing happened.  After a few tries, I realized that something was very wrong.  Sure enough, the battery was completely dead.  But I wasn’t worried because I bought one of those expensive extended warranties when I purchased the truck.  So, I called Ford Roadside Assistance to send a tow truck.

As I waited for the tow truck to arrive, I read through the specifics of my extended warranty.  I was very impressed with what it covered.  It covered everything – except batteries.  I cancelled the tow truck.

Shannon arrived and we tried to jump start the truck.  Nothing happened which meant we were going to Walmart for a new battery.  And while I wasn’t thrilled about changing a battery in the dark, I realized Buc-ee’s was a pretty good place to break down.

When we got to Walmart, the clerk in the automotive section was incredibly helpful finding the right battery.  I left Shannon in the automotive section with our new battery while I went to the hardware section to find some wrenches and a flashlight.

When I returned, Shannon had already become best friends (which is what she does) with everyone in the automotive section.  In fact, the clerk told Shannon she wished she was off her shift so she could go to Buc-ee’s and install the new battery for us.  In addition to becoming best friends with the clerk, Shannon had also become best friends with a young married couple that was buying parts for their truck.

When we arrived at Buc-ee’s, I quickly got to work.  And just as I started, a blue truck pulled up beside us.  It was the young couple from Walmart.  They had driven all the way to Buc-ee’s to help us change the battery.

Shannon visited with the wife while the husband helped me remove the dead battery and install the new one.  Once done, Shannon wanted to pay the couple for their help.  They adamantly refused to take any money.  So, I gave them my card and told them if they ever needed anything, give me a call.

Last night as Shannon and I were talking about the incredibly gracious act of this young couple, I was reminded of what the writer of Hebrews said: “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”  (Hebrews 13:16)

I am certain that when this young couple chose to drive all the way to Buc-ee’s to help people they didn’t know, God smiled.

Today, do your part to make God smile.  You may not have to help someone change out a battery on their truck, but there will be a way you can make a difference and lighten someone’s burden.  Don’t hesitate or procrastinate.  Choose to make a difference.

Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, I thank you for this young couple and all who work to make this world a better place.  Bless each of them as they serve you.  I pray you use me to make a difference in the lives of others.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

As soon as it gets light, I am going to go out and start up my truck – just because.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.

Tom Robbins