God is Sovereign . . . even over Google Maps

I try to refrain from posting much personal here, but this is too amazing to keep to myself!

This evening, I was planning on attending a Crist Family concert. Between church and the concert, I was going to go to a recital by several children from my voice teacher’s family, at their church. I had never been to their church before, but I was under the impression it was on or near a certain divided four-lane highway.

I went to Google Maps, put in the church’s name and city (since I didn’t have an address), and Google Maps gave me an odd route through back roads. I thought for sure the highway would get me there, so I tried to customize the route—yet Google took me back to those back roads.

On my turn onto the final back road, I heard a terrible grinding noise and my car started shaking wildly. I was able to stop it. I stepped outside, and found that the front passenger wheel and tire had almost entirely disconnected and was about to fall off.

I called AAA, and then started listing my reasons to be grateful. The tire didn’t come all the way off. No structural damage was done. I wasn’t hurt, and nobody else was, either. The husband and wife who owned the house even came out—the husband took a look at what was wrong, and the wife brought a glass of ice water. (It was 89° outside, sunny, and humid, so that was a huge blessing.) And, if anything had to happen, it happened on the only lightly-trafficked residential street on the whole route. All the others had medium to high speeds and heavy traffic, and if it had happened anywhere else, there are high chances that there would have been a collision and injuries.

After AAA was on its way with a tow truck, I asked the husband and wife to confirm that the church was down their street, as per the map. They gave me a funny look and said that no, it was down a few other streets and turns. But their son commented that if I did walk down the street, it would dead-end into the church’s yard.

After the tow truck picked up the car, I walked down the street. It was probably less than a mile, though it sure felt like longer with a sunny and humid 89° temperature! I was expecting a post office box for the church, figuring it was the mailing address even if not the parking lot entrance. But there was no mailbox—just a path through the forest to the parking lot. I made it inside in time to catch the final few songs of the first half, and all of the second half. As I’d been hoping might be possible, my friends were even able to arrange to get me home afterwards.

So all in all, I have far more to be thankful for than anything I could complain about. I’m safe, nobody else got hurt, and it happened on a slow-moving dead-end street.

But in the back of my mind, something didn’t seem quite right. I just realized what it was. Why would Google Maps have sent me down a dead-end street that didn’t even take me to the church?

So I put in the same information—the church and city—and ran the same map again. This time, it said to take the 4-lane highway!

God is even sovereign over Google Maps.

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  1. Spooky! 😀 You’d think God was in control or something! 😀 Glad you’re okay.

  2. Wow! Daniel we are so very grateful for your safety. God is surely Sovereign, and He has proven that throughout His Word and history, and He is still proving that today. Thank you for your story. We are sorry about your car’s wheel, but join you in praising God for all He has done.

    Thanks and Praise!


    • Me, too! I’m kind of dreading the quote tomorrow, but things could be so much worse. I’m feeling pretty amazed right now, overall!

      • Jason Crabb #1:

        “I dread the quote that waits for me tomorrow…”

        Jason Crabb #2

        “I’m amazed that He loves me…”

        I actually had some auto work that needed done recently too. It wasn’t as inexpensive as I would have liked, but could have been worse. I also was fortunate in discovering it and a decent time.

      • Glad to hear that you discovered it at the right time! 🙂

      • Thanks. Otherwise I would have been stranded and needed a tow late at night. Granted, I would have been in town, but one never knows about accidents like you mentioned. I once had a car die on 465. That is a highway that circles Indianapolis and car zip on it far beyond the 55 speed limit. A friend and i had to get out and push it into another lane (although all lanes were busy). God certainly protected us that day well past 10 years ago.

      • I would be a bundle of nerves for weeks after that!

      • We were going to a Record Collectors’ Convention on a Sunday after I got out of church. To top it off, it was raining. Fortunately, the car eventually started, however it died again on the way home. I believe it was some sort of computer module (although it might have been the coil). It is hard to remember as the car had different repairs over its life. The auto shop couldn’t find anything wrong with it, but the mechanic was the brother of a friend of mine and REALLY knows his stuff. He said that generally in situations like that, that is the culprit.

      • Basically, it would die (possibly when it got wet) and wouldn’t start until it sat for a while.

      • Yikes.

  3. I’m glad you arr fine and I’m glad you shared this.

  4. I believe!!!! Awesome event!!

  5. Daniel! My heart is still pounding after reading your account of God’s protection and intervention today. It’s so good to know He is watching carefully over you in answer to all the prayers I’ve prayed for you. You are one of a kind, Daniel — and certainly not one who could be easily replaced or quickly forgotten. So, our God was not only merciful to you, today … He was merciful to all of us who love you and want to keep you around for many years to come! Thank you, Jesus! And, thank you, Daniel, for giving God the glory through this testimony — and through your life!

    • Thank you for the encouragement, Sister Skeet! God certainly gets the credit and the glory here!

  6. Amen, Daniel! God controls is all! I’m so grateful that you are safe and sound.

  7. That’s a goose-bumper Daniel! Glad you’re safe and that God is sovereign!

    • Thanks! Yeah, I definitely had the goose bumps when I saw the second map!

      • I agree the second map was really cool. It would be far harder for the non-Christian to explain that one away. Don’t get me wrong, they still could (maybe say you did something wrong the first time). However, I think it is a way of God showing you (and others) how He has his hand on things and will intervene.

      • They would have a pretty hard time explaining it away!

        About the only thing they could say would be that the church updated and corrected its address listing between 8 AM and 6 PM yesterday. Even so, I’d say that if they waited that long to fix what would have been a wrong address for years, God’s hand was still in it!

  8. Thanks for sharing your story. We serve an awesome God who loves and cares for us. I enjoy reminders like this.