by Linda Veath
The Lord protects the simplehearted; when I was in great need, He saved me. … For you, O Lord, have delivered my soul from death … that I may walk before the Lord in the land of the living. ~ Psalm 116:6, 8 NIV
On the way home from St. Louis, my friends Patty and Sheryl decided it was time for an ice cream break. Since Patty was confident she knew the location of the Dairy Queen in the small town they were approaching, she turned off the highway in search of it. But there was no DQ. The pair explored the small town, including several of its subdivisions. They even found themselves on a road leading out of town — the wrong way. And still no DQ.
Frustrated and more determined than ever to find the Dairy Queen, they retraced their steps to start the search over again. That’s when the proverbial light bulb went on. And Patty exclaimed: “Oh. Wait. The DQ I’m looking for is in the town we just drove through, not this one.”
After much laughter, they decided to just head home. They had wasted enough time.
And enough time it was. When they arrived in the next small town, they found it cleaning up from a severe storm that had just rolled through. If Patty and Sheryl hadn’t been wandering around looking for a DQ in the wrong town, they’d have driven into a very severe storm.