Grace on the Golden Gate

by Christina Rose

“He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,  I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”  
(Psalm 91:15-16 NIV)

It was a blustery day in San Francisco, much to the delight of all sailors and windsurfers. I had gotten blown out of the water by gusty winds and could barely get my windsurfing rig to shore. (I had learned early on to take notice when the winds and tides shifted suddenly. One day in high winds, my mast had separated from my board with a tanker quickly approaching me as I was dead in the water. God heard my prayers and sent another windsurfer to rescue me, and I made it safely to shore.)

While I loved being at home with my kids, I was occasionally able to steal a few hours to myself to windsurf. After one such delightful sail, it was time to head home. I loaded my gear in the VW bus and made sure the camper latches were secure, so that the top wouldn’t pop up in the high winds.

I approached the Golden Gate Bridge and looked down to admire the beautiful San Francisco Bay full of colorful sails. About midway across the bridge, I heard a sudden big boom and the car shook. The top of the camper had popped up and filled with wind, making the vehicle shake wildly back and forth. I reduced my speed as much as I could and pulled into the right lane, struggling to keep the car steady. I was puzzled, as I knew I had securely tightened those latches.

This had never happened before.

Panic seized me. I envisioned the evening news, announcing “Gusty Winds Send Surfer Mom and Van Flying Across the Golden Gate.” I finally made it the length of the bridge and saw a small shoulder. As I pulled over, a distraught weeping woman came running towards me and fell on her knees. Fortunately, I understood Spanish. She told me she had been praying to God for over an hour. Her car had broken down, she had no phone, there was no walkway to get off the shoulder and she was stuck by the side of the road.

With how fast all the cars were speeding by, no one would have noticed her in time to stop, unless they were in the right lane and going 5 miles an hour like I was.

“God has heard you, I will help you,” I told her in Spanish. We put a note on her car, and I handed her my phone so she could call her husband. Then I gave her a ride home.

All I could do was smile the rest of the day and evening thinking, “God you are amazing.” Not only was I grateful to help this woman, but I got to witness how awesome God can be. He does hear our prayers and answers them in astounding ways. Of course I latched my camper that day; but God popped it open so I would stop and help the praying woman. He may have even made the gusts blow stronger when I was sailing, so that I would get off the water and get in my car to go help her.

“By awesome deeds you answer us with righteousness,
    O God of our salvation, the hope of all the ends of the earth
    and of the farthest seas;” (Psalm 65:5 ESV).

Grace on the Golden Gate – encouragement from Christina Rose on @AriseDailyDevo (Click to Tweet)

christina roseAbout the author: Christina Rose is an author, trainer and speaker certified by the John Maxwell Team of Leadership.  She is a DAR (Daughter of the American Revolution) whose ancestors fought in the Revolutionary War. A devoted mom of two daughters and great aunt to over 40 nieces and nephews, Christina loves spending time in nature and hosting gatherings for family and friends.

Christina’s book, My Appeal to Heaven, is her story. Her marriage in shambles, Christina finds herself in a desperate situation with no resources other than herself. After appealing to heaven, the Lord takes her on a journey of awakening and miraculous empowerment. That power that is available to us all, especially those who are in need of hope and freedom.

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3 thoughts on “Grace on the Golden Gate

  1. Good for you! It’s so easy to see situations as problems and not as potential God moments. Bless you for sensing the guidance of the Holy Spirit to stop and help a traveler in need. May we all stop and say, “Ok, God, what do You want me to do with this one?”

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