My husband, Wendel, and I got stoned at the rest stop coming back from the coast last year. Actually, he got stoned – and shared with me. We were so delighted that we took photos!
It was such a great idea that I grabbed my camera and took a few shots of this rock before putting it back so it could reach its intended recipient. Wendel sat at a nearby picnic table while I headed for the Ladies’ Room.
Our actions did not go unnoticed (the Bible isn’t kidding when it says that we are surrounded by “so great a cloud of witnesses!”). In the car next to us was a young couple and their baby girl. They observed our unusual activity, waited for us to move away from the car, then went to investigate. For ease of identification, let’s call them Abe, Sarah, and Lottie!
When I returned to the car, Wendel was talking with Abe. Turning to me, he asked if I wanted to buy a game station or a laptop. I didn’t want the former, and already had the latter, so I declined.
Sarah, with baby Lottie in her arms, drew near and we asked them to tell us their story. Here it is in a nutshell:
They’d left Florida because Abe lost his job. Sarah’s aunt lived in Seattle, WA, and offered to let them stay with her while he looked for work. Selling all but what would fit into their SUV, they began their journey across the US – with $600 for food and gas. There wasn’t enough money for motels, so they camped along the way.
A law enforcement officer suggested they come up Highway 101 instead of Interstate 5, stating that panhandling would be more successful along the alternate route. That was how they came to be at this rest stop.
As we talked with them, Wendel asked if they’d seen the rock.
“Yeah. We figured you’d put it there when we saw you taking pictures of it,” Abe said.
“Um, nope. I found it when we got out of the car. Tami took pictures because she likes the idea and wants to do the same thing,” Wendel replied.
This, of course, led to a discussion about the Lord. In all we spent about 45 minutes with them.
The details fascinated me. Sarah was a Christian, Abe was not. Nevertheless, he allowed her to play an audio Bible on their stereo while they traveled. As a result, by the time we met up with them, he had many questions.
Abe was nuts about little Lottie, he was so tender and loving toward her. This provided the perfect object lesson that explained the love our heavenly Father has for us in a way he could understand. We used his obvious affection for his child to tell him about the greatest love of all. Tears rimmed his eyes as we spoke.
Wendel said, “You know; I believe this rock was left specifically for you. You need to take it with you.”
We suggested Mars Hill Church when they reached their destination, noting that there were several campuses in the Seattle area. There was sure to be one close to where they would be living.
Before we took our leave, Wendel said, “I planned to go ocean fishing while we were on vacation. My trip got cancelled. I think the reason was so that I would have that money to give you. Maybe this will help you two get home.” He handed some folded money to Abe.
We hugged them and prayed for them. Then we left them in the Lord’s hand and came home.
You never know what kind of adventure Jesus will send you on if you’re willing to let Him disrupt your schedule.
I love these divine appointments! Ask Him to give you one. You’ll be hooked for life!
Oh, here’s the back of the rock, and the note that was carefully tied to it. I don’t know who left this. I hope they find my story and can rejoice at what the Lord did with their labor of love.
Proverbs 13:12 reads, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.”
The note says, “God loves you and wants you to know He is thinking about you. Take this rock with you as a reminder.”
Now that’s the best way to get stoned!