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Act Of God

By Leonard Granger

LEN’S LINES — A Little Religion On A Positive Note By Len Granger

When we think of all the things that happened in our lives, we often recall what the world believes are an Act of God. Yes, earthquakes, floods, tornados, and droughts are not under our control, so they must be an Act of God. We have no control, and even our home insurance which covers fire and robbery, has extra charges for earthquake, floods, and other Acts Of God.

We pray that God will be merciful on us as we have recorded numbers of earthquakes, floods and natural disasters around the world in this past year. Some men in high places, tell us we can have control over the world by actions we take , such as the warming of the earth. God has a plan for his universe and his people, and only God knows the answers to this worlds difficulties. If we look to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we can rest assured that what ever comes our way is in his plan for our lives.

Now, let me tell you this story and see what you think? When I retired from the Air Force in 1973, living in Marysville, California, Texaco offered me a service station to operate and it was doing fine. Then we had this so called gas shortage with individual rationing of odd and even number license plates that effect all of us. As a service station owner we were also rationed and it was based on the previous years gasoline sales volume. The previous owner was a mechanic so cared little about gasoline in his business but this had a dire effect on my business.

Each day, I would sell the meager amount of gasoline and then post an Out of Gas Sign. When the local newspaper made a survey of how the service stations were dealing with the shortages, then found me resting with my feet on the desk and sort of down in the dumps. They ran a story on my predicament as a veteran with a family with four children facing this personal disaster. TV Channel 12, in nearby Chico, California ran the story a few days later but Texaco was not able to do anything.

One day, I called the Texaco dispatcher and asked if anything had changed, His answer was, ” I wish you would stop calling me and I am telling you to get more gas will have to be an Act Of God”—– I said I believe you are right.

I was no longer discouraged and would again go to the Lord in prayer. In the Bible our Lord says in John 14 verses-13/14, ” And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in my name , I will do it” As I prayed I remembered reading the morning paper where a new Dept of Energy, had been added to the President’s cabinet, in Washington DC. So I called and a man answered saying, “I have only a chair and a telephone as desks have not yet been delivered. What may I help you with”?

After listening to my story, I told this unknown kind man, that I have been praying and he was my only possibility of getting any relief from the rationing quota. He answered, You will hearing from me soon and I thanked him for listening to my story.

I sat back down and about two or three hours later the phone rang, and to my surprise it was my Texaco dispatcher in Sacramento, California saying a full load of fuel has just left headed to you. By the way, who do you know in Washington D.C. that works for the Dept of Energy, as not only is this fuel load coming to you, they also took you off the rationing quota giving you all the gasoline you can sell? I said it was an Act Of God, as he answers our prayers if we ask Him and it is His will. A couple weeks later Texaco asked if I would operate a second service station in Marysville, which I accepted and thanked the Lord for His gracious love of his believers.

Trust this Sunday will find us all in the church of our choice praising and worshiping our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

God Bless America


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Christian Newspaper writer in California


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