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Topic: Car Trip (07/18/05)

TITLE: Following A Star


The lights seemed brighter as they rounded a curve toward me. I had always avoided road trips for fear of breaking down or something even worse. When it was absolutely necessary to go somewhere, I would make sure I left early in the morning so that most of the travel time would be during daylight hours. Here it was, the middle of the night, and my daughter was sleeping in the passenger seat of my 1993 Ford carrying well over 200,000 miles on the odometer. I couldn’t remember the last time the oil had been changed and wasn’t sure about the shape of the tires. Yet something had beckoned me to pack the car and go. Something deep inside.
After a few hours, I began to feel sleepy. It was well into the early hours of the morning. The air conditioner did not work in my old car, and at the end of July in Georgia, the weather was hot and humid. Therefore, the windows were rolled completely down the entire time of the trip. I found myself pulling into the parking lot of a church in Donalsonville. It was across the street from a truck stop. As I lay my head on the window sill, I prayed for God to keep us safe. I dozed off, but never entered a sound sleep for the noise of trucks coming and going. I looked at the digital clock on the dashboard which read 4:30. I thought in a few hours I could call a friend who lived in town and see if we could stay a few days. I slipped in and out of sleep for more than an hour.
The light of day along with a seemingly extraordinarily loud truck woke me up. It was after 6:00 a.m. I suddenly knew that I was not to stay here any longer. I knew that I was to continue on to Florida. It was as if a star was ahead of me, leading the way. My destination became clearer to me as I started the car and pulled back onto the highway. I wasn’t just on a road trip, but a quest. I knew not what would lie ahead, but I knew that the way was being cleared before me. Faith carried me through a night of uncertainty and landed me at the door of some very hospitable and generous friends.
The wise men followed a star to find a baby king – a savior. Their hearts had been prepared by God for the journey, and their eyes never left the star. My fear had been subsided by faith, and I knew that wherever I was going, it was where God was leading me. All I had to do was follow the star.

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Nina Phillips07/26/05
Lovely story--beautiful.
Thank you for sharing, it touched my heart. God bless ya, littlelight
Melanie Kerr 07/26/05
Good story. I just couldn't take atrip without knowing exactly where I was headed. I am encouraged to consider following stars!
Shari Armstrong 07/30/05
I'd like to know a bit more about why they were traveling, but otherwise well written.
Beth Muehlhausen07/31/05
I admire your courage, faith, and receptivity to the leading of the Holy Spirit in this story.