Ray turned the ignition switch again. The car back kicked and sputtered for 3 minutes then, went dead.
Judy said with a sarcastic voice, “what are you going to do now mister mechanic?”
Ray highly aggravated said, “Don’t start with me Judy!” They set in silence as rain pelted against their car.
“I guess the car is out of gas.” Ray was debating in his mind; do I get out in this thunderstorm? I will be okay just as long as I don’t take Judy with me, she can sit in the car.
Finally he mustered up the words, “I will walk, and you can stay in the car, just lock the door and do not open the door for anyone.”
“You are not leaving me in this storm” said Judy right as the lightning flashed crossed the black sky.
Ray and Judy had been married for 36 years. Now especially that the kids were grown, Judy had prayed deeply that God would help their marriage. They were at their wits end with each other.
They had managed to set aside some time to go on a vacation, to try to salvage what was left of their relationship.
There was a deadening silence that chilled the air that night. Ray was not intending on staying in the car. “I am walking up to the next house.”
Finally Judy bolstered up enough courage, “then I’m going with you.”
They both bolted out of the car at the same time and walked hurriedly up the road.
They both see a house up ahead with the lights on. Judy ran with Ray running behind her. They got up to the front porch, and Judy was already knocking on the door.
The elderly man answered and peeked out. “May I help you folks?”
“Yes our car ran out of gas” Ray said shivering.
“Why don’t you folks come in and get dried off first,” smiled the elderly man. Judy hurriedly walked in and then Ray.
“My name is Bill Wise, you two get freshened up, and I will get Ella to make you some coffee. Ella we got company. “
Soon enough, they were all sitting down in the kitchen all drinking coffee. “What brings you around these parts said Bill?”
Ray and Judy both stumbled with their words, finally Ray blurted out, “we are on a vacation.”
“The Blue Hill Mountains are indeed very beautiful this time of year,” Ella smiled as she sipped her coffee. “Too bad you ran into this horrible weather. Please stay until the storm passes.”
Judy chimed in, “We are in no hurry.” Ray just shook his head and looked down at the floor.
For the next several minutes Ella and Bill got acquainted with the couple. From what Ray and Judy gathered they were a very happy elderly couple. Judy finally got up enough nerve to ask Bill and Ella, “What’s your secret? How have you stayed together for so long?”
Bill and Ella looked at each other and said at the same time, “Jesus.”
“If it were not because of our faith and love in Jesus we would have never made it.”
Ray said, “But how…?”
Bill cut him off short and said, “Ray, do you and Judy pray together?” He nodded his head no, and looked down.”
“Ray, do you want your marriage to work, Ella gracefully said?”
Ella held out her hand, “let’s pray together.” She already knew the answer. They all held hands. Bill cleared his throat. “Father in heaven, we bring this couple before you, unite them in Your Spirit and Your truth. “Show the true key to happiness is you, Jesus.” Become alive in them once more, we ask and pray In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
As they opened Ray opened his eyes from the prayer, He realized He was in the car and Judy was right beside him in the passenger’s seat sleeping. The sun was rising, as Ray shook off his slumber. Then he had remembered the storm the night before, and had realized he had been dreaming. But this was no ordinary dream, he smiled for the first time in several months as he took Judy’s hand…
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