I have seen this story several times, but thought I might share it with you and, perhaps, make a point that we may never have thought about.
A woman was at work when she received a phone call that her daughter was very sick with a fever.
She left her work and stopped by the pharmacy to get some medication for her daughter. Upon returning to her car she found that she had locked her keys in the car. She was in a hurry to get home to her sick daughter, she didn't know what to do, so she called her home and told the baby sitter what had happened and that she did not know what to do.
The baby sitter told her that her daughter was getting worse. She said, "You might find a coat hanger and use that to open the door".
The woman looked around and found an old rusty coat hanger that had been thrown down on the ground possibly by someone else who at some time or another had locked their keys in their car.
Then she looked at the hanger and said, "I don't know how to use this." So she bowed her head and asked God to send her some help.
Within five minutes an old rusty car pulled up, with a dirty, greasy, bearded man who was wearing an old biker skull rag on his head. The woman thought, "Great Scott! This is what you sent to help me?" But, she was desperate, so she was also very thankful.
The man got out of his car and asked her if he could help. She said "Yes, my daughter is very sick.
I stopped to get her some medication and I locked my keys in my car, I must get home to her. Please, can you use this hanger to unlock my car?"
He said, "SURE." He walked over to the car, and in less than 30 seconds the car was opened. She hugged the man and through her tears she said, "THANK YOU SO MUCH! You are a very nice man." The man replied, "Lady, I'm not a nice man. I just got out of prison today. I was in prison for car theft and have only been out for about an hour."
The woman hugged the man again, and with sobbing tears cried out loud, "THANK YOU, GOD, FOR SENDING ME A PROFESSIONAL!"
Never forget, God always hears and always answers our prayers. Sometimes, though, the answer comes in “strange packaging.” But lets think about that “strange packaging” for a moment.
What if, during his time in prison, this man had been asking God to bring someone into his life who would help him overcome his past? What if he’d been praying for someone to show him how to live his life for Christ?
Have you ever considered that a person that comes as your “answer to prayer” may just be praying themselves?
God has been known to put people into our lives for the purpose of us sharing the gospel with them. What if that was the case in the above story? What if the lady realized this and spent just a couple of seconds talking to the man? What if she was so focused on her own problems that she ignored the man’s needs after her own were met?
Of course, we don’t know because the story doesn’t say...but just think about the “What if…”
You really never know...you just might be the “strange packaging’s” answer to prayer!