God revealed Himself immediately to everyone on the jobsite I was on one extremely rainy and foggy late afternoon on highway 180 in the mountains east of Fresno California.
It was a dark and stormy day, all day, upon arriving to work as a Flagger / Traffic Control Technician at the jobsite I realized that I couldn't park my new pick-up anywhere off the side of the highway. A quick look around at the location I had been assigned to too hold traffic showed a steep cliff on one side and a very high mountain on the other, so the supervisor on the job directed me to park in the lane that we would be closing down for the work that day.
The entire day went by without any problems and it was time to get ready to pick up our equipment that allowed us to close the road. I would need to be able to jump in my truck and drive away on a moments notice, so I started my truck with the remote key fob. A few minutes later I decided it would be a good idea to turn on my hazard lights, running lights, and a flashing yellow construction beacon that I had been loaned by the company for this job.
I did so, but in order for me to do this I had to put the keys in the ignition and turn it to the start or on position. A vehicle came driving up to me at that moment that I had to stop. As I turned to stop the vehicle I automatically, with out thinking, closed the door to my truck and heard "Click", "Click", "Click" repeated several times as my truck locked all four doors and the tail-gate.
It immediately struck me that we are shutting down work for the day at that moment, I would need to move my truck from blocking west bound traffic, and that I had no cell service up in the mountains, and it was raining and getting dark in 30 minutes to an hour, and I didn't have a night time stop / slow paddle to manage traffic. I looked around desperately to see if there was anyway I could break into my "New" truck my wife had got me for Christmas just one month earlier. Fear gripped me! What was I going to do?
People started offering me tools to try and break in without causing damage to my truck, one friend kept telling me to break a window. After about ten minutes of frustration I had one of my coworkers take over my spot and I drove the Pilot Vehicle down the mountain to get cell service.
Upon arrival to a location with cell service, I called my son for help. He would have to leave work an hour or more early, drive to my house, get into my safe and get my extra keys, and the drive about an hour or more up the mountain to unlock my car. He loves me and agreed to do it. Knowing the rest of my co-workers needed the Pilot Vehicle to finish the work of picking up our equipment and too travel back to Fresno, I drove as quickly as possible back to them after hanging up with my son to get them the truck.
As normal they took the Pilot Vehicle to finish picking up our temporary traffic control signs, cones that divided the lanes, and all the signs with-in the closed area that are required by Cal-Trans for this operation, leaving me there alone at my pick-up to flag traffic around my disabled vehicle in the middle of the highway. (I'm feeling really down, depressed, discouraged, and extremely embarrassed.)
Everyone that drove up to me had to ask what the problem was. Many offered me help, but not one thing they offered would keep my new truck in "New" condition. One idea was to drag it down the mountain with a bigger rig. (Ripping all my tires to shreds), another was naturally to bust a window, and a third option was to push it sideways off or as close to the edge of the road as possible, and place cones all around it to keep it from getting hit by fast moving drivers coming around a blind corner 50 - 75 yards before it. (Who knows what damage that would cause to my truck?)
20 - 25 minutes after my co-workers left to finish picking up our equipment I heard them coming slowly up the road picking up the last of the cones on the highway that divided it. I looked around at my situation and to assess it. Trying to be positive. I had my rain coat, pants, and boots on. I had my daytime stop slow paddle, and my trucks lights, fog lights, flashers, and beacon were all on so I smiled with confidence raised I could handle this. After all It was evening, and I thought how many people are going down the mountain after 5:30 in the evening after dark anyway? Feeling a bit confident I started picking up the extra cones that made up my Flagging Station, but when I walked around the tail end of my truck I got a deep helpless sinking feeling, and at that moment understood how very little control I had of the whole situation, and that this COULD be IT!
Knowing how dangerous my job is on the highways, I realized I should record a message to my family just incase I get killed in the next hour or two. I had know idea, if my son successfully got the keys, if there was a hold up, or what was happening at that moment. I had no cell service and therefore, no communication. The rain could turn to snow and ice any minute after dark as the temperature plummeted.
Helpless! I had a hand on a cone, standing behind my disabled pick-up and I dropped my head crying out from my heart in silence, and said a prayer. "Lord, I am helpless, please Lord help me? I'm stuck!"
I hadn't looked up from my prayer when I heard the truck making sounds as if all the doors had just unlocked!!! Blown away, I immediately walked to the drivers door. Asking myself, Could it really be?
I reached out and the door opened! I reached in grabbed the keys rolled, the window down, when I realized it wasn't raining anymore (God) like it was when I locked my keys in it.
My co-workers turned the corner to pick up the last cone and saw me with the truck door open and me in my truck. One of my co-workers immediately asked how I got in. I replied;
"I said a prayer a few minutes ago, and immediately after God unlocked my pick-up! I heard several "clicks" and the truck was unlocked!"
Shocked and elated!
I realized that I needed to get down the mountain quickly to stop my son from traveling all the way up the mountain for nothing. When I obtained cell service I pulled over and called him. He was happy I got into my truck but he hadn't left work at all.
He told me a story of how he didn't have the combination to the safe, but he didn't have my wife's direct line at work to call her, but he remember that my wife had given it to his wife incase of an emergency. My Son and Daughter-in-Love had recently brought home triplets from the hospital and may have a need for it.
So she called my wife at work. My wife being as analytical as she is had downloaded an app from Dodge that might be able to open the doors to my truck, but she had never used it before and didn't have a clue if it would actually work.
She used the app, and then for 30 minutes text after text after text to my son and me to let her know if it indeed had worked.
I told my son in had been a Miracle, he said "no just technology", but after I told him the sequence of events he quickly realized that it WAS definitely an answer to prayer.
God used everyone involved and the technology to show himself to a lot of people on that job that day!
He is now using His website's blog, and His online talk show www.letsgetjackedup.com to show Himself to the world. (Please share and tell people online and in your realm of influence about this testimony, and where they too can find it.)
Two questions: Will you give God His credit for what He has done? Or, will you deny Him and give the credit to technology advancements?
PROOF OF GOD!
(I didn't have the APP. I had no idea my wife had it, otherwise I would have just called her in the beginning of this whole thing with an embarrassed grin and had my truck unlocked! Wouldn't I? )
Thank You, Lord Jesus! Amen
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