"I was running late for my niece’s baby shower and traffic was crawling at a snail’s pace. Lord, give me patience, I thought. Lately my entire life seemed to be a series of roadblocks. I didn’t get the promotion I wanted; I had missed my mother’s birthday party because I had the flu; my vacation was cancelled and now this. I couldn’t help but feel frustrated and out of sorts: It was as if God was testing me with disappointment after disappointment.
“Anxious, I decided to take back roads, but as I rounded the bend, my breath caught in my throat. I saw police cars, an ambulance and an SUV smashed into a cement embankment.
“Suddenly, a police officer ran up to my car. ‘An injured women is deaf,’ he said. ‘Do you know sign language?’ A tingle ran down my spine…I taught sign language at the local university.
“I got out and we ran to the frantic woman, who had a large gash on her head. You’re going to be okay, I signed. The relief in her eyes was instant as she calmed down enough to tell me her medications and where she was in pain. She hugged me and signed, You’re my angel.
“A sense of calm rushed over me. I closed my eyes as God’s presence surrounded me and I finally understood the cure to my anxiety and disappointment: He always puts me exactly where He needs me to be.” —Nena Lesky, 54, Houston, TX