This Needed to Happen

This Needed to Happen by Shannon Tate

You’re going to have an accident here.


An accident, here at this intersection.

Oh. Ok, God. Thanks.

I furrowed my brow as I listened to my mom unfold a series of events that led to her foretold accident at the very intersection she described. She was on her way to work one day when God told her about an impending accident. Mom, being a strong woman of faith, simply thanked Him and stored it back on her heart-shelf to examine later.

Two months later, the day came.

She was at a complete stop, waiting for the light to turn green when all of a sudden her vehicle lurched forward; the sound of metal crushing ripped through the air.

“What in the world?!” was my mom’s response to it all.

From her rear-view mirror she could see a small, tin bucket of a vehicle with a young man behind the wheel. Mom calmly got out, made a quick assessment of the situation and asked the man if he could follow her through the intersection and into the business complex parking lot so she and he could have a conversation. The guy agreed and puttered his vehicle the 200ft into the business complex.

When mom got out of her vehicle, she made sure that he was unharmed in the collision and cooly let him know that she called the police so they could take the statement and the insurance could take care of the rest.

“Oh, ok. Cool,” replied the guy and he nonchalantly walked back to his vehicle, got in the driver seat, and took off full speed in reverse.

Mom just stood there watching this kid in complete silence and utter disbelief as he rammed his beat-up lemon over a hedge, hastily brake to shift, then peeled out of the parking lot and onto the major roadway. The whole thing was rather comical to watch but also completely bizarre. Even the onlookers didn’t see that coming!

Half-stunned and half-amused, my mom asked God, “What was that all about?!”

“This needed to happen and I knew you would be able to handle this situation,” He said.

“Oh, Ok. Thanks,” was mom’s reply.

The police came and took mom’s statement and everyone went their separate ways. Later, mom got a phone call from the police saying the young man was apprehended and asked if mom wanted to press charges. She declined since there was no real damage to the vehicle and no one got hurt (thank you, Jesus!), save for the unsuspecting hedges that the young man took out.

As I sat there listening to my mom’s story, I got to thinking about God’s response to mom’s question that day– This needed to happen and I knew you would be able to handle…” I wondered what sort of need would prompt God for Him to orchestrate such a strange series of events. The only idea that I could come up with was this: God was answering a prayer for someone who must love this young man and for some reason, it had to be a vehicle accident with not just anyone. It needed to happen with someone who puts their entire trust in Him.

God is so awesome and totally an out-of-the-box thinker. Perhaps this car accident was exactly what needed to happen for the young man but He also needed someone who would keep their cool and have complete trust in Him through the process; “…I knew you would be able to handle.” And you know what? That made me think of my relationship with Father God. Do I completely trust Him to allow Him to use me as He sees fit? Do you?

It’s easy to trust God when the blessings are flowing in and you’re blessing others with your overflow. But what if being a blessing to someone also means taking a hit (literally in my mom’s case) if for nothing else, because God knows we can handle it and He’ll cover us through the process? Like I said, God is totally an out-of-the-box thinker.

Now, I’m not saying we should all pray for a car accident and call it a blessing for someone else or wish ill upon ourselves. Those are not the thoughts mature Christians should have. Instead, look at the situations in your life and ask yourself, “Is there anything that He can’t handle?” (Trick question, the answer is “No.”) Next, ask yourselves, “Is there anything I can’t handle without God?” If you hesitated to answer that question, then allow the logos words of Scripture to breathe the rhema word into your spirit and be sown into your heart:

2 My fellow believers, when it seems as though you are facing nothing but difficulties see it as an invaluable opportunity to experience the greatest joy that you can! 3 For you know that when your faith is tested[c] it stirs up power within you to endure all things. 4 And then as your endurance grows even stronger it will release perfection into every part of your being until there is nothing missing and nothing lacking.

–James 1: 2-4 (TPT)

13 I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose—I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.]

–Philippians 4:13 (AMP)

May God’s goodness in your life bring you fresh revelation in all things!

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