Aaron Pennington – Queen Creek Campus Pastor
I love to fish! It is one of the only things that I can do where my mind lets go of everything going on around me. It is also one of the most spiritual things you can do, this is why many of the disciples were fisherman. Ok, not true, I made up that last part to justify my addiction of fishing. Every year I take a trip with a few friends of mine to the Black River in Arizona. It is a gem of a place, but very difficult to get to as it is in the middle of the White Mountain and San Carlos reservations. The Rangers advise not even trying to drive to it unless you have a 4 wheel drive. Well, I do not have a 4 wheel drive but remember I really like to fish so I usually chance it. This year was no different, and this past weekend we headed to the Black River to do some Smallmouth bass fishing. Let me foreshadow by saying this is the last time I will take my 2 wheel drive truck.
After we had driven out in the middle of nowhere, what some would call “God’s Country,” we got stuck in some thick mud. As we got out to assess the situation, one of my buddies asked if I had a shovel, because that was going to give us the best chance of getting out…..but I didn’t. The next hour we spent picking up rocks and placing them around the tires to get some traction. As I searched for the best rocks out in the middle of…you know “God’s Country, ” something caught my eye. My first thought was, “no way, it couldn’t be.” I walked over to make sure it was what I thought it was, and then I looked over at my friends and yelled, “boys, sometimes God simply looks down and winks.” Yep, you guessed it, right in the middle of nowhere was a shovel, a broken one, but a shovel none the less. We dug down around the tires, put some rocks there, and got out of there.
God doesn’t always show up this way, and many would write this off as circumstance, but not me. I don’t expect God to put shovels in the middle of Indian reservations every time I need him to, but when he does I simply look up and smile, and I picture Him looking back down at me and winking. I love God regardless of whether or not He bails me out of dumb decisions that I make, but when He winks, it truly is a blessing!