Pay Attention and Hold the Wheel!

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Here is a true story by my son who is a missionary in Brazil.  He had an interesting incident happen to him while on deputation before leaving for the field.   Here it is in his own words:

  • “We are thankful for God’s protection through this past week of travels!  Last Sunday we had no scheduled meetings so we visited a couple churches within an hour drive in hopes of getting future meetings.  After another week of phone calling we have been able to schedule a few more.  On Wednesday we traveled to Birmingham, AL, for a meeting at Mountain View Baptist Church.  On the way there we were driving down I-20 at 70 mph.  I asked Esther to hold the wheel for a second while I turned around to deal with our daughter who was acting up.  For some reason I thought she had heard and was holding the steering wheel, and I turned around backward in my seat to deal with my daughter.  Well, Esther didn’t hear me and never held the wheel!  When I turned back around we were in the grass of the median going 70 mph.  In somewhat of a panic I jerked turned the wheel to navigate back onto the road, and the van started fish tailing.  While trying to gain control of the van we did an entire 360 degree spin at high speed in the middle of the interstate.  Finally we ended up facing the wrong way, and I was able to back up the van into the median.  All that would have been fun in an empty parking lot with ice on the ground, but it was quite scary in the middle of the interstate.  We are thankful for God’s protection as the traffic seemed to all disappear while we were spinning around.  After we were stopped and sitting in the median catching our breaths, Allie quite calmly asked, “What did daddy do that for?”  Although she had just watched the whole thing, she had no concept of the danger.  May God give us that kind of trust in Him during troubled times!   We praise Him for His protection and provision.  Please continue on in your prayers for us!”

What lessons we can learn from a child!  If only we would relax in the Lord during trials and tribulations, and just realize that everything is in His hands.  I am thankful for the Lord’s protection over my son and his family and for His continual provision for them:  they have been in Brazil for over 3 years now and have faced many other trials.  They are now scheduled for a furlough in August. 

“But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.” (2Co 10:17)
“But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I [am] the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these [things] I delight, saith the LORD.” (Jer 9:24)


Ellen

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