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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Purposefulness (Purpose in Life) (05/25/06)

TITLE: Along for the Ride
By April Bailey


I was very new in the Lord when my brothers and I planned a rode trip to visit our grandmother. I felt excitement and angst about the four-hour ride.

“How can I share my faith with them?” I sought the counsel of my church group leader. “I’m the baby sister. They’ll probably just laugh and give me noogies.”

“Pray about it and God will show you the way.” She offered comfort, citing several scripture verses which I promptly forgot.

Genuinely wanting to share Jesus with my unsaved siblings, I did pray. And often. However, when the day of the trip arrived, I still had no idea what to say to them.

We set off for Indianapolis on a perfect summer day, the two oldest in front, Kevin and me in back. It had been a long time since we’d all been together, so the first hour was filled with laughter and animated recounting of life’s adventures. Eventually, Lyle and Justin, the older two, embarked on a playful roasting session. The dozens. As jocular insults were traded up front, the sensation of God overcame me and I closed my eyes, resting in His glorious peace against the back seat.

How can I share this with them, Lord? My spirit felt so alive, so real and vital. How had I gone so many years without knowing Him?

Kevin had fallen silent too, yet I could feel his gaze on me.

“So,” he shifted in his seat, “tell me about your church.”

Hallelujah! God had done it; He’d opened the door. I was able to share about Jesus and my brother listened intently to every word. Kevin is now a long-time believer, who’s been active in youth and worship ministries. He told me later, it was God’s radiance that caught his attention that day. “You were glowing! I needed to know what that was so I could have it too.”

That trip now holds special meaning in my heart. It was a purposeful journey during which God’s will had been accomplished. A soul was saved that day. Without me having to say a word to spark a spiritual discussion, God used me to draw my brother into the Kingdom. Kevin and I are still praying for the other two.

Commit your way to the Lord; Trust in him and he will do this:
He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn,
the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. Psalms 37:5-6 NIV

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Virginia Gorg06/02/06
Nicely done, flows well, and has good content. Watch "rode trip", should be "road". God can open doors in ways we don't expect.
April Bailey06/03/06
Duh! I can't believe I used the wrong 'rode' ... thanks for noticing!
Marilyn Schnepp 06/03/06
"Rode Trip" gave this article a bad start - but it bloomed into a nice "witness" and "answer to prayer" story; but a bit shy on the topic of Personal Peace. However, a great read and written well with that one exception..."rode trip". Nice Job.
Michelle Burkhardt06/04/06
Thanks for instilling hope for unsaved family members. I could relate to your prayers on how to share your faith with your siblings. I have prayed many times too. Nice job.
Shari Armstrong 06/06/06
A great testimony :) maybe make the break between the past (car ride) and the sharing of the brother being saved in a new paragraph, it was kind of a jolting transition. I hear them teasing each other, as only siblings can do :)