Many years ago, my younger sister was featured on the national news. Her story was quite horrific. She had purchased a Volkswagen bug not too long before. She and her friend were coming home from work on a county road when they were engulfed in pea soup fog.
The road had been newly paved, so there were no painted lines to guide the driver or passenger. They were aware of ditches on the right side so they tried to stay well up on the pavement.
The women came to a railway crossing that crossed the road at an angle. Counting the tracks, both driver and passenger decided that it was time to turn to the left to proceed home. The road became quite bumpy, and finally, the car was stuck. They got out of the car and assessed the problem. They were stuck on the track.
Trying to peer through the fog, the women could see a small glimmer of light in the distance and ran toward it. It was the back door of a factory. They both pounded on the door. Time seemed to stop, and finally, after what seemed like forever, two men opened the door.
After hearing their plight, the men and women ran to the car. One man was very concerned, saying, “A train is due to come through here shortly.” They tried to push, pull, or lift the car off the track. The car wouldn’t budge. The concerned man anxiously yelled, “I hear the train.” Three ran toward the factory, and my sister ran the other way. The car was dragged a good distance before the train stopped. The engineer was beside himself thinking that he had killed someone. He was relieved when he heard that all were alive.
Kind police came and investigated. After taking statements, they gave the two women a ride home. The car was replaced. The hand of God protected those women.
“But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.” (Psalm 5:11 NIV)
Today, my sister is a preacher of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Over the years, she has truly come to know and rely on the One who said:
“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6 NIV)
Let us all look to Jesus for our protection, not only in this life, but in the life to come.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for giving Your Son to be the sacrifice for our salvation. Help us to share the message of the gospel with others. Help us to encourage Your children. Fill our hearts with thankfulness and awareness of Your grace and protection in our lives daily. Be with those who try to keep us safe and well. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.