The Brown, Rusty Old Mini-Van

by | Jun 10, 1998 | Answered Prayers, Miracles, Provision

It had been one of those summers–work, work, work. We planned a Friday off to spend and spend. This time we decided to skip across the USA border and shop in Buffalo, New York where prices were much more competitive.

Everything went smoothly until, near the end of the day, we made one last quick stop at some teacher supply store. Without thinking, I jumped out of our mini-van and locked the keys in the ignition. I was very upset. Here we were on a Friday evening, two hours from home, with locksmith shops now closed. Any special service call would amount to over $100 American–more than we had saved that day. As it was my own fault, I could have cursed but I decided to pray for an answer. We attempted to pick the lock with combs, old keys, a jack-knife. Nothing worked. We felt defeated.

An hour later, we suddenly saw a brown, rusty old mini-van of the same make and model exit the mall parking lot. Running over to the driver I asked to borrow her keys to open our mini-van door. She agreed and to our astonishment, the door opened. I grabbed onto our set of keys. Our prayers were answered!

Later, reflecting on our adventures, we agreed it was highly improbable that someone, two hours away, in another country, driving an older Chrysler mini-van, would have the same keys as ours. As a matter of fact, in the last ten years, I have not been able to find another set of keys. Which leads me to share this Bible verse from Matthew 16:19,

“I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven…” In this particular verse, Jesus promises we will be give unusual experiences and powers when we say, as Peter admitted in verse 13-16, “Jesus, you are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” My friend, it gives me complete joy if you are able to admit the same phrase, “Jesus, you are the Christ, the Son of the living God!”

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The Brown, Rusty Old Mini-Van