I should have seen it coming. No, not the object in the road that flattened my tire on my way home. No, not the deteriorated spare tire that went flat 400 feet further down the road.
I’m not perfect. Anyone would miss those things.
I’m talking about God’s intention for me to read Tozer’s, The Pursuit of God. My friend, Cheryl first suggested it. Ok, maybe I’ll get around to it. Then my small group friend, Dave, suggested it for our next study. Hmm, maybe I’ll take a look. I found it on the Internet free in the public domain. I read a few sentences and it looked like a hard read. Maybe later. I have a novel to finish.
Then I was passing through our living room a couple of days later and noticed my 17 year old daughter reading what? You guessed it.
Three separate Tozer encounters in less than a week. Yet, did I start reading? Of course, am I an idiot? Sort of. I read 3 pages. I still had my novel to finish.
Then on the way home this morning I ran over something and had a flat tire. I changed it quickly and was back on the road.
But not for long. The old spare went flat. I called AAA. No worries. Except that it may be a 90 minute wait. What to do?
I felt the gentle nudge of God. Tozer. I’ve been trying to tell you.
So I read chapter 1 and I know that it was meant for me. Tozer closes the chapter with this prayer.
“O God, I have tasted Thy goodness, and it has both satisfied me and made me thirsty for more. I am painfully conscious of my need of further grace. I am ashamed of my lack of desire. O God, the Triune God, I want to want Thee; I long to be filled with longing; I thirst to be made more thirsty still. Show me Thy glory, I pray Thee, that so I may know Thee indeed. Begin in mercy a new work of love within me. Say to my soul, “Rise up, any love, my fair one, and come away.” Then give me grace to rise and follow Thee up from this misty lowland where I have wandered so long. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”