God is Uber Faithful

By Mark Endres

Like many, I am often discouraged when it seems Heaven is silent. Sometimes, I pray for a needed intention and hear nothing back. But I recently had an experience that reminded me that Jesus truly hears our requests and often orchestrates an answer that exceeds our expectations in His time and in His way. On this occasion, His will included answering my prayer just as I had hoped.

I drive part time for Uber. One ride I recently made took me to a small town about 25 miles from where I live in Madison, Wisconsin. The name of the town is Waunakee, and I was happy to go there because that is where I grew up as a child. 

After I dropped off the passenger, I went to a local coffee shop. Afterwards, I thought about stopping at the local parish, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, to pray. 

On this day, I was debating whether or not I would stop, thinking that I had just lost an hour of driving time and needed to find another passenger before I ended my usual four-hour shift. At first, I decided not to stop by the church. Then I changed my mind when I saw a license plate that said “Hey Jude,” like the old Beatles song. I quickly thought of St. Jude, the well-known intercessor for hopeless causes.

As I made a turn to stop by the church, I was reminded of the Scripture verse, “But seek first the kingdom [of God] and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides” (Mt 6:33). So, I sought out Jesus, just to be in His presence for a few moments.

After a few minutes praying before the altar, which has a Divine Mercy Image behind it in stained glass, I told Jesus I needed to get back to driving. I also told Him I would appreciate His help in getting a passenger from Waunakee back to Madison. Since it was about 25 miles back to my house, any ride would have been appreciated to help cover the cost of gas. 

Well, Jesus heard my request. I had only been back in my car for about two minutes when I got an Uber ride request from a person just 1 mile away. Not only did the passenger need a ride to Madison, but their drop off location was within only a minute of my house. I could not believe it when I saw the drop-off location! For an Uber driver, it was like winning the lottery. Not only that, but her house was across the street from a gas station. My car was almost on empty. I had just enough gas for the trip, but no farther.

As St. Faustina tells us:

Jesus likes to intervene in the smallest details of our life, and He often fulfills secret wishes of mine that I sometimes hide from Him, although I know that from Him nothing can be hidden. (Diary, 360)

Saint Faustina was right, and it reminds me that when Heaven is silent, maybe I am a little too impatient and need to wait for a response. On this day, Jesus answered my request immediately, in a way that only He could do. In addition to the convenience of the ride, I received a $28.51 fare, when I had only been hoping for a $7 ride to pay for my gas. It shows me that Jesus likes us to stop to be in His presence, even if it is only for a few minutes. 
 

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