The Camper – Part Six – Exodus 13:21-22

Sharing the stories of my camper brings to mind other memories of my camper days. I mentioned previously about my camper having another tire issue.

My daughter and I took a family trip to Georgia some years ago. My family was meeting us there with their campers and were coming in from various places. I had not towed my camper any great distance previous to this trip, so I was a bit nervous. After all, we would be traveling over 500 miles away from home. When towing a camper behind you, it’s best to travel at a safe speed and not base your trip on getting to your destination quickly. The biggest reason for this is because those little camper tires can blow out quickly if they get too hot from high speeds.

Everyone knows that you try and prepare as best you can when you set out for a road trip. You prep your camper. You make sure the brake lights work, you have a good spare, and the license tag is secure.

We made our way to Georgia. We arrived at the campground only to discover that I lost my license plate AND my spare tire off the camper somewhere during the road trip. They had come off, and I had no idea where and when. You can imagine the first thing to run through my mind was the wheel mishap my friends had experienced previously. I felt bad because, for all I know, I could have caused a ten-car pile-up behind me somewhere, and I had no idea.

My family arrived one by one, and of course, I shared my misfortune with them. We all got a chuckle out of it. But deep down, I was worried about not having a spare tire because we still had to travel to other places.

Can I share something with you? I never had a flat tire the entire trip. But, most everyone else in my family who had spare tires experienced flat tires during the trip. I didn’t know it back then, but God was watching over my daughter and me. He was watching over my family too, and he had provided for them – a spare tire.

There are many times in our lives when we don’t realize God is watching over us. There are times when we don’t think he even cares about us. But can I share some good news with you? He does, and he loves watching over us. Do you know what that does for me? It gives me comfort in knowing I am not going through this life by myself. It gives me comfort knowing I don’t have to worry about every single thing. It gives me comfort knowing someone much greater than me has my back.

Exodus 13:21-22 says this, “By day, the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light so that they could travel by day or night. Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people.”

How awesome is that? God provided the way for the Israelites when he called them out of Egypt. He lit their path, protected them from their enemies, gave them a clear indication he was there, and provided direction. He provided for them the whole way. I may not have had a cloud or fire lead me in the form as I know them during the trip, but God was ever-present, directing and protecting me.

Do you believe He has and does the same for you? Do you believe he provides for you and your family?

Father, thank you for providing safety for us, direction, and reassurance that we are never alone. Lord, as we go through trials and tribulations in this life, may we remember that you are present and capable of handling anything we bring to you. Would you please help us to overcome our unbelief and doubt? In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.

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