Five days, ten stops, and one close call.
From June 23rd to June 27th, I had the privilege of assisting Julie Klassen on her book tour in northern Minnesota. We visited Kitchigami Regional Libraries in Longville, Pine River, Brainerd, Park Rapids, Blackduck, Bemidji, Walker, Pequot Lakes, and Wadena (and Bethany Book & Gift in Baxter). Julie presented at each library about her book The Secret of Pembrooke Park, her recent Minnesota Book Award, and Bethany House book cover design. We enjoyed meeting the librarians (and one library cat!), booksellers, loyal readers, and curious newcomers, as well as catching up with friends.
Of course, road trips are never complete without at least one near-mishap. On our way from Nisswa to Wadena, Julie decided to take the scenic route. Then she realized we were low on gas. Unfortunately, we were 20 miles from our destination—and the nearest gas station. As we drove on, the gas warning light began to flash “empty.” At the same moment, we both had the same idea: we should sing praise songs. Amidst “How Great Thou Art” and “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” the Lord provided plenty of “oil in the jar” just as we had prayed! Suddenly a gas station emerged at the end of the road like a mirage. We made it. And just across the street? A billboard reading, “Grace is a gift from God.”
It was a little stressful at the time, but now it is a fun memory.
Has there ever been a time when you were grateful for “oil in the jar”? Have you ever had a misfortune turn out to be a fun memory?