As soon as my husband left for his out-of-town seminar, I hopped in my car to shop for Mom’s birthday gift. Five miles up the road, my little red Saab accelerated on its own. I pressed the brakes. It slowed, but the moment I let up, my car shot ahead with a vengeance!
All thoughts of shopping fled as I headed straight for the garage that serviced our cars. Closed.
“What now, Lord?”
A desire to head home gripped me. I wrestled with my runaway car for two miles before pulling into a Volvo sales lot. Turning off the ignition, I rested my head against the steering wheel and wept. Safe for the moment, I was still three miles from home and no closer to solving my problem. “What should I do, Lord?”
A tall man in a spotless white jumpsuit appeared at the passenger side door. “Can I help you?”
He listened to my story. “Bring it into the garage. I’ll take a look.”
I glanced at my purse, sure that what little money I had with me was about to disappear.
He looked under the hood and sprayed a “sticky valve.” With a smile, he told me the trouble would disappear by the time I reached home. “No charge,” he insisted.
My nerves had begun to settle as I arrived at the next intersection. Two cars pulled up behind me while I waited for a white semi with “Student Driver” splashed in red along its side. It turned onto our road. Too late I saw the danger!
Amid a series of deafening hisses, its back tires rolled toward my front bumper. Frantic, I fumbled to jam my car in reverse–without success. As the huge tires pressed against my bumper, I screamed for God’s help. “Jesus!” The truck stopped and fell silent.
I reached home in a sorry state of nerves. Collapsing on the living room floor, I wept. “Lord, why did you let this happen to me? Why didn’t you take care of me?”
I did, child. You’re home and you’re safe. His gentle words soothed my heart.
God doesn’t always spare us life’s frightening circumstances. But whatever we face, if we trust and obey him, we come to know the blessing of his shield of love.
Focus: “You bless the godly man, O Lord; you protect him with your shield of love” ~ Psalm 5:12, New Living Translation.
How about you? Can you recall a time when God saved you in the midst of a frightening circumstance? Please share.