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January 22nd, 2016

One of the best days of my Life!

Filthy Rich

Who would have thought that 20th January 2016 would go down as one of the best days of my life? It had started normally enough and I had had a good working day in London, great conversation over lunch with my colleague and no train delays. Then came the usual Wednesday routine of rushing home to pick up my daughter from school before taking my son to his weekly English tuition. As always, the hour-long wait while he did his class would give me time to do some food shopping and catch up on emails – much needed ‘me’ time that I savour each week!

But this was when my usual routine was interrupted. As I drove to pick up my son for his tutoring, my car started to experience problems – first the power steering went and then the engine sighed and gave up too! Typically I would have taken all this in my stride – but not today! For starters it was absolutely freezing outside with temperatures below zero, and what’s more, roadside assistance reckoned up to an hour and a half wait! Thankfully my wife was able to pick up my son and I was able to quickly grab a flask of hot tea from my son’s tutor before settling down in my car for the ensuing wait.

As I sat quietly sipping my tea it dawned upon me that this would be a great time to pray. Spiritual discipline is one of my greatest flaws. I am a busy man. In fact, I thrive on busyness, and today had been no exception. I had planned to read my Bible on the morning train and I just about did, though my mind had been elsewhere. But right now I had few distractions and so I prayed and I enjoyed this time with God.

Thankfully time passed quickly and the car recovery was with me within the allotted 90 minutes. But then the bad news came. The fan belt was finished and he wouldn’t be able to help. There was no option but to call a pick-up to tow my car. And so another one and a half hour wait loomed. Thankfully I was able to grab another cuppa from my son’s tutor!

Finally, the vehicle arrived to take both me and the car. Ever had that feeling you are about to have a significant encounter? Well, I did now. On the way home, light conversation quickly turned to talking about faith. The driver shared that he was an atheist, though he recalled an incident when he had once helped out a Christian lady with a broken-down vehicle who had then insisted she would pray for him. Only a few days later he won £50 on the lottery! Not a huge amount compared to many winners but it left him with questions. Was it coincidence? Or maybe good karma coming his way for a good deed? Or could it possibly have been the prayers of the lady? Whatever it was, he was delighted with his winnings!

As we journeyed home I was able to openly share my story of coming to faith. Conversation flowed nicely despite it being late and the driver still having two more jobs to deal with after mine. Before he left, I was able to give him a copy of my book Filthy Rich that describes my faith journey, a gift he readily accepted.

As I quickly got into my comfy clothes that evening and prepared a late dinner, I reflected on the evening’s events. It had been seriously cold and it had been a long wait, but how wonderful to have been placed by God into a situation where I could have a great conversation with someone who was clearly being chased by God. I took the opportunity to pray for the gentleman and his family. And then a strange thought struck me. This felt like one of the best days of my life. My spirit felt lifted. After all, I had witnessed God’s love. He had sent one before me with a message of His love to this man, and then today I had shared it with him too, and who knows if others will follow. Whatever the course of that man’s life may be, God had turned the day for good. I had been able to share about Jesus – what a privilege!

Who would have thought that the day of the breakdown of my car would somehow feel like one of the best days of my life? Bizarre, but it certainly felt very, very special.

Only God can make a breakdown a cause for celebration!

Manoj Raithatha is the author of Filthy Rich: The property tycoon who struck real gold, shortlisted for the 2016 Christian Book Awards. It is available online & from bookshops in paperback & electronic formats.

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