-Psalm 84:7 (Knox Bible)
On the 4th of July, we ran out of gas on the way home. The gas gauge was reading wrong and it was a complete surprise.
The car sputtered and the warning lights came on. I had less that ten seconds, more like four or five, to find a spot to pull over. I pulled right into a spot in the neighborhood, beside the boulevard.
It was the one open spot. It was as if that spot had been saved for us. Hours earlier, that neighborhood had been jammed and packed with cars and people, who were there for the block parties.
When something like this happens to me, I don't jump for joy or yell something out. I just have a calm peace.
You know the one when people say they prayed for a good parking place at Target and there is it, one saved for them, up front, near the entrance? I think God is with us even more, when we can't find a spot or when we have to take the spot in the boonies.
Life is a journey with unexpected challenges. We navigate each one, growing stronger and stronger. And God, where God lives, is our destination.
When we ran out of gas, we were on Del Amo, which in Spanish means, "Of the master". There's Del Amo Boulevard and just Del Amo, tucked in side-by-side. So, we ran out of gas on Del Amo Blvd., and then landed the car, on Del Amo, the street, where there are houses, sidewalks and driveways.
The street that we pulled off on was Autry, named after the singing cowboy, Gene Autry. And our parking spot was right before Hersholt, named after Jean Hersholt, best known as a humanitarian, who set up a medical relief fund for people in the motion picture industry, who needed medical care, when they lacked funds. He was an actor, famous for his Dr. Christian radio program, directed by Neil Reagan, Ronald Reagan's brother. And he did six Dr. Christian films. As a side hobby, he translated 160 Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales into English.
I share these things because I like to look up names and their meanings, histories and biographies of people.
Let's just say that I am happy landing on the road of the master, between the streets named after these two men. My son remarked that it was his best 4th of July ever and that he enjoyed the adventure.
This song clip below captures the spirit of Gene Autry that I love and also carry.