I recently had the privilege to serve on an Ordination Council for a lovely young lady in our church. But on the same day as one of the meetings some of my dear friends were scheduled to come to the beach house. We made plans that I would go to my meeting and as soon as I was released I would make the three hour drive to the beach house.
The meeting ran into the late afternoon, but I left as soon as I could. As it got dark, I was motoring along, listening to and singing to the upcoming Easter Cantata on a CD so I could know my part. I was really looking forward to getting to the beach and seeing my friends.
About 30 minutes into this trip I hit horrible wind. At first I thought I had a tire problem because I was having trouble keeping my car on the road. Then I realized that my car gave me messages if I had a tire problem so it must be something else. I soon realized, I had hit a bad storm. The rain came down in sheets and I was holding on for dear life to keep the car on the road.
I reduced my speed. That did not make me happy since I was determined to hurry to the beach to begin my visit with friends. I knew I had to be safe. So I became alert, held on for dear life and kept going.
All of a sudden I smelled the most wonderful sweet smell in the car. It was a strong odor. It was not to be missed. I sniffed and sniffed and tried to figure out what it was.
I did not have any deserts in the car. I did not have any perfume in the car.
What was this marvelous smell? It took my mind off of the danger on the road and I focused on the delightful smell. Then it hit me. The smell was a strong version of my dead husband’s cologne. He did not wear it everyday. It was “Cool Water” for our special occasions. It was that intoxicating smell of love, romance and caring.
My car was still being buffeted by the wind but I was now somehow comforted and less anxious. I knew that I was going to be fine. I felt that I could see better in the dark through the rain and I took my car back up to a reasonable speed and went on as if it was a clear Sunday afternoon adventure.
About forty five minutes later the weather cleared and I noticed the smell had gone away. Later, after I got through Florence and was on some very dark and lonely country roads the weather came back. I had hit another pocket of this weather system. The high winds returned along with the pelting rain. Once again, I reduced my speed and started white knuckling the steering wheel.
Yes. You know what happened.
The strong smell came back.
It was overpowering and so enticing. The car seemed to be driving itself. I relaxed, felt so calm and knew that I was going to be fine.
OK, once again, you know I am just a little left of center. As you go through this journey with me, you have found that I talk to birds, I see my husband in squirrels and now I am telling you that I had a mysterious passenger helping to drive my car.
I do not know if this was my husband, a guardian angel or the Holy Spirit. But someone let His presence be known by the sweet smell and the calming spirit.
I truly believe God was letting me know once again that his promise the night that my husband died was being carried out. He told me that night that He would care for me. I would never have thought that He meant He would help me drive through a storm.
God is Good. God is ever present. Praise always to my God.