It was late in the evening when I decided to go to the grocery store and get a few items and then put gas in the car. I would be working in the morning, and I did not want to bother doing it then. I grabbed my five-year old son, got in the car and drove off.
It seems that I have always been a person who rushes about doing things then regrets later for not having taken the time to do it more slowly and efficiently. Haste makes waste is a motto I've known and experienced all too many times in my life.
I rushed about in the grocery stores, picked up the items we needed and drove to the gas station. At the gas station I opened the gas tank, put the gas cap on top of the car and filled the car with gas. I paid the attendant and drove off.
We were almost home went I realized I had not replaced the gas cap on the tank. I mentioned it to my son and he simply said, I'll pray to Jesus, Mama. I had been teaching him to love Jesus and pray to him, so I did not want to discourage him and tell him to forget it because the cap was now history.
Mike prayed a simple prayer but with all the intensity of his dear little heart. While he was praying, I was thinking, Where do people buy gas caps--KMart? I had never purchased gas caps before, so I really didn't know. The way I was driving and turning the car on corners, we might as well kiss the gas cap good-bye.
We got home and guess what? The gas cap was still on top of the car where I had left it. We got down on our knees right there on the ground and thanked our Heavenly Father, not only for the gas cap that didn't fall off, but for a valuable lesson to me of faith--a child-like faith and trust in God demonstrated to me through an answer of a simple prayer of faith by my little boy.
"...and a little child shall lead them." Isaiah 3:15.