STRANDED IN THE DESERT
Read Matthew 6: 5-8
The Lord says, “Before they call I will answer;
while they are still speaking I will hear."
While on a two-year trip around the world in a Volkswagen
camper, I was stranded in the Sahara Desert for several days.
The Hoggar, the track I was
traveling through Algeria
across the Sahara, is deeply
corrugated. Driving on it
is like driving on railroad
tracks. The punishing
roadway caused two shock absorbers in the camper to
explode simultaneously, breaking the chassis. After sitting for
three days, I saw a traveler pull up behind me in a small van.
On the roof of his vehicle, he had some welding equipment.
Unfortunately, neither the traveler nor I knew how to weld,
and he had no welding rod. I prayed and then remembered
the steel coat hangers I had packed away. With torch and coat
hanger in hand, I climbed under the camper and somehow
managed to weld the broken chassis back in place.
I discovered that the man with the welding outfit had
started into the desert long after I had but before my crisis had
occurred. This reminded me of the words of the Lord quoted
We never know what the future holds or what crises or
difficulties might lie in front of us. But by faith, we can know
that God is always present. In fact, God’s answer is on the way
even before we call.
Prayer: Dear Lord, we may not understand what is happening to us now or what we might face in the future, but help us
to turn to you for the answers. Amen.
Randy Swanson (Utah)
Prayer Focus: STRANDED MOTORISTS
— Isaiah 65: 24 (NIV)
Thought for the Day
No matter what difficulty I
face, God is in it with me.