After his father was laid off from his construction job and his family became forced to subsist on food stamps and public assistance, eight-year-old Chris Peterson of Augusta, Georgia, prayed to God, specifically requesting that he be let out by the side of the road.
Chris's Sunday school teacher, Angie Chase, knew that the Petersons had been experiencing severe financial hardship for nearly two years, and that life had not been easy for the God-fearing Christian family. Nevertheless, when she overheard the little boy's whispered petition to Jesus, she was puzzled as to exactly what Chris meant by his appeal.
Chris was happy to explain. "Father Justin says life is a precious journey, and we're blessed by every moment here on earth. He tells us God is in charge and we can sit back and enjoy the blessed ride."
Angie nodded her affirmation; Chris had always been an attentive student who earnestly sought to grow closer to God.
"The thing is, Miss Angie," Chris continued, "the ride has been kind of bumpy. And I don't really like this car. So I told God he could just let me out by the side of the road. I think that will be better."
The Sunday School teacher didn't quite know how to respond. A tear escaped her eye, and the empathetic Chris sought to reassure her.
"It'll be all right, Miss Angie," he said. "I like to walk, and it might even save some gas."
The teacher hugged Chris tightly and prayed to Jesus that Mr. Peterson be blessed, soon, by being hired as a contractor for Southern Company, which will be soon begin construction of the country's first new nuclear power plant since 1978, just outside Augusta.