For we do not want you to be unaware, brethren, of our affliction which came to us in Asia, that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life; indeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead; who delivered us from so great a peril of death, and will deliver us, He on whom we have set our hope. And He will yet deliver us. – 2 Corinthians 1:8-10
I was visiting Steve and Danelle Nelson in Atlanta. After church, our six sons and I were going to their house to stay for a few days. Unfortunately, something was wrong with my eleven-seater van. At odd times it would vigorously shake while I was driving it. Since my husband wasn’t with me I told Steve about it, and he agreed to ride back home in my van, bringing along one of his sons. Danelle would follow with their remaining six children in their van. As I got up a hill on I-75, my van shook so hard I had to turn it off in order to control the shaking. Stopping in the middle lane of a five-lane highway right over the crest of the hill when cars and semi trucks are speeding at 80 mph isn’t the wisest thing to do. Neither is it wise for another van full of seven other people to pull up behind us. That’s 16 people stopped in the middle of I-75.
To make a long story short, a police officer drove up very quickly, got us all out of our vans, and led us safely over to the side of the highway. The mechanic who fixed the van said there should not have been any survivors as the van should have flipped due to a broken steering box!
Never have I felt closer to death than at that moment on the highway. However, God brought tremendous peace that if this was our time to meet in Heaven, there was a place prepared for me. I remember this incident often because it reminds me of God’s deliverance and closeness in spite of peril. What a great Deliverer we serve!!
Grace Community Church
Cary, North Carolina
One-Year Bible Reading
2 Corinthians 12;11-21
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