Gator Aid

Gators aren’t just in Florida. Somewhere on the Kansas Turnpike near Wilmington, KS there is a “gator” lying on or beside interstate. It was left by three sojourners headed for the west coast back in November of this year. As disruptive as it can be to release gators into the wild in areas non native to them, causing an imbalance in the eco system, it was done. Really, it was unavoidable, the gator escaped in an area to dangerous to retrieve it. Not to worry though, there were road crews working that section of the road, who would surely take care of the problem.

Oh, don’t worry about the welfare of the road crew, by what I’ve seen I’m sure they deal with gators all the time. And if you are a animal lover, don’t worry about the welfare of the gator either, this one is not the living kind. “Gator” is a term I heard as a child describing tire treads that were lying in the road after coming off of tires, most often semi.

Yes, on our way to California, we lost a tire tread on the Kansas Turnpike. I shared a picture in a previous email of some of the damage it caused to our camper. Here is another picture of the incident.


As undesirable as the incident itself was to us, there were a number of blessings it aided us in being a part of. One such blessing was meeting Judy, whom I wrote about in my recent post titled, “Be Like…” Another blessing was having contact with our tire warranty department representative Brenda.

While on the road Brenda’s kind and courteous help over the phone was much appreciated. In our conversation about how to make a warranty claim on the destroyed tire and damage it caused to our camper, the subject of faith in God came up. As Brenda made apology from her company about the problems we were having because of their faulty tire, I mentioned that we try to see trials as God’s way of squeezing worldliness out of us (an idea I originally heard from inspirational speaker Jonny Eareckson Tada) and an opportunity to glorify God. Brenda rejoiced at hearing this and thanked me enthusiastically for the godly perspective.

Following this early telephone correspondence there were a number of emails exchanged in an effort to process our warranty claim. Below are the last two emails exchanged:

Jeff Yost to Brenda Dec 4, 2015


Thank you for your kindness, courtesy and diligence in helping us with our claim.

Robyn emailed us claim forms and I believe we got them filled out and submitted yesterday.

May you know God’s blessings in Jesus (2 Thessalonians 1:3-12, 1 Corinthians 15:1-8, Romans 6:1-11, Colossians 2:11,12)

If you are interested in sharing your journey with God, feel free to contact me privately at

Happy Holidays,
Jeff Yost”
Brenda to Jeff Yost Dec. 4, 2015

“Good morning Jeff,

I am happy it worked out for you. Look at God. Have a wonderful day continue to let your light shine for Jesus.

Best Regards, Brenda Crute”

Where Brenda’s response did not quite show the degree of interest I hoped for, it was positive. Who knows, our paths may cross again sometime, and the Lord has already blessed our separate walks with Him in various ways through our interactions. May our words to one another by phone and email lend to one our faithfulness to God’s will.

What opportunities to share the love and will of God await you in life’s incidents?

My prayer is for you to be encouraged by reading this to look for the opportunities to proclaim the excellencies of God in every event in your life, good and bad (1 Peter 2:9,10; Colossians 4:5,6), and this with a view to pointing people to salvation in Jesus (1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1)!

Keep thinking souls! Begin by making sure yours is in a saving relationship with God (John 14:6, John 12:44-50, Luke 13:2,3; Mathew 10:32,33, Mark 16:15,16).


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