14 Miles To Empty 7-17-15

This morning began a little stressful. I woke up late, I was out of my protein shakes and I had to be at a work meeting at 8:00. 

I have to say, I miss having my long hair but what I don’t miss is all the fuss it took to get ready in the morning. Having short hair has actually been a breath of fresh air. It’s low maintenance and I’m showered, shined and ready to go in 30 minutes. I love it. 

I got in my car and as I was driving away listening to Wings on the radio singing  “With A Little Luck” I noticed the gas gauge and quickly realized I had forgotten to fuel up the night before. As I drove away I knew I didn’t have time to stop. I listened to the song and thought “with a little luck” I’ll make it to work. I said a prayer and decided to trust everything would be ok. I’ll admit, I was really nervous. 

As I drove to work, my dashboard rang letting me know I had 40 miles until empty. At this point I panicked saying “I don’t think I’ll make it”. As I said those words “Don’t Stop Believing” began to play on the radio. I couldn’t believe it. I chose to not stop believing. I kept telling myself to trust everything would be ok. 

I have a divine mercy picture on my dashboard and I kept looking at it saying “Jesus I Trust In You”. I continued driving in my quest to make it to my meeting on time without running out of fuel. Just as I was merging on to the interstate another warning alert went off. I looked at my gas gauge and clearly I was nearly empty. It was at that moment Jackson Brown came on the radio singing “Running On Empty”. I knew then there was more to this. Clearly this was a divine message reminding me to trust. 

Often times when we find ourselves in a challenging situation we pray. It’s easy to pray, the hard part is being able to listen and trust. I believe God is always with us. Of course it’s easy to believe this when things are going our way. Life is good. It’s when things are challenging or we find ourselves struggling that believing or trusting becomes much harder. When I was young I read a book called “Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret!” I can not begin to tell you how many times in my life I’ve asked God that same question. “Are You There God? It’s Me Velma”. I often wonder if he’s with me. I wonder if he hears me and I wonder why he isn’t speaking to me. The truth is he’s always with us. He speaks to us in many ways. At times in the words of a friend or stranger, a homily, a book and sometimes in a song. We just have to be open to receiving his message.  It’s hard to do. 

I arrived at work with five minutes to spare and 14 miles still left before I ran out of fuel. Everything worked out. Sometimes in life when things are challenging or we find ourselves worried about little things, we just have to take a deep breath and trust that God is with us and everything will be ok. That doesn’t mean we don’t have to do our part, it just means that some things  aren’t worth worrying about. And when we are waiting for an answer from God we must open ourselves to hearing him. You never know, his words may come from the most unlikely place….like a song. 

My song for today is Don’t Stop Believing. I need to strive to believe there’s a power much greater than myself and he’s  in control. God is a pretty awesome guy/girl and I’m pretty sure he has everything under control. I saw a quote by St Teresa Of Avila the other day. I was so touched by the message so I’ll end this blog by posting it for all to read. 

“Let nothing disturb you. Let nothing frighten you. All things are passing away. God never changes. Patience obtains all things. Whoever has God lacks nothing. God alone is suffice.”  

I love this. I hope you do too. 

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