Oil Change

Let’s be honest, a person shows love in the small things. The small moments. Any “dad” can show up once a year at New Year’s or July 4th, buy fireworks, and entertain his kid. But a real dad? Much more is required.

Daddy God shows his love in the small things. The really, really small things. The things that are really not even all that important.

The other day, I was driving to Walmart. I desperately needed an oil change, but I did not want to ask my wife to have to get the baby ready, load up, and drive to Walmart. I figured I could do it the next week and have a friend pick me up or something.

I was about 60 seconds from the Walmart parking lot, and a thought-prayer rose out of my spirit (I never voiced it out loud). My prayer was this: “God, have somebody here at Walmart that can give me a ride home.”

I parked my car, went into the store, and within 30 seconds, one of my best friends, Thomas Lambert, was heading my way with a buggy. He just “happened” to be there. Within 2-3 minutes of my prayer, God brought a person right up to me. I asked if he could give me a ride home and he said yes. I was able to leave my car, get a ride home, go out of town with my wife for a couple of hours, and then get dropped off to pick up my car when we returned to Picayune.

Daddy God answered a little bitty, insignificant prayer. He knows that I have a lot on my plate right now and this was another looming task on my long list of things I need to take care of. He showed his love by not only hearing, but answering a little prayer that had risen quietly from my heart.

Daddy pays attention.
Daddy cares.

So stop being religious and silly. Quit categorizing, “This is important to God,” or, “This is not important to God.” STOP!

Be a son. Be a daughter.


Published by B.J. Condrey, PhD

Dr. Condrey holds a Bachelor of Arts in both Philosophy and Psychology from the University of Missouri-KC, a Master of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a Ph.D. in Ethics & Practical Theology from the University of Edinburgh. He is ACSI certified. Dr. Condrey writes courses and teaches Psychology, Bible, and C.S. Lewis at Enlightium Academy, where he began working in 2016. He has served as a youth, young adult, and small group pastor in the local church, and currently teaches Ethics at the University of Southern Mississippi. He has a book published by Wipf & Stock (Breaking Ground) along with other publications. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and writing, spending time with his family, traveling, trout fishing, family hikes, and drinking coffee! He is passionate about helping young people construct a biblical worldview so that their faith involves both the mind and heart. He has been married since 2009 and has two children.

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