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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Embarrassed (07/19/07)

TITLE: An Answered Prayer
By Fran Cantwell
07/20/07


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An Answered Prayer
It was a cold, bitter, winter night in Ohio. My daughter Becky, two other ladies and I were going to a meeting. Becky didn’t want to drive so I agreed to drive. The roads were a little icy and it was snowing. I felt that Becky drove a little too fast in this kind of weather anyway. I had a four-wheel drive, so I thought everything would be ok.
We started to the meeting. We were all talking and enjoying each other’s company. The road seemed to be in pretty good shape. I remember thinking that the salt truck must have been through. As we traveled along, the radio was playing quietly.
We were approaching the intersection and I took my foot off the gas. I saw a police cruiser with his lights on, but thought he had made a traffic stop. I lightly touched the brake as an automatic reaction to seeing the flashing lights on the police car. Suddenly, I felt the ice under my car, and my tires began to slide. The car started to swerve as another car was coming toward us in the opposite lane. The mailbox on that side of the road almost touched my car.
One of the ladies started praying aloud as I steered the wheel. It seemed as though we were sliding for hours. The other car continued toward us, but passed without touching my car. She continued praying as we continued down the road.
When we finally got to dry pavement, we all breathed a sigh of relief. Someone said, ‘we could have reached out and touched that mailbox on the other side of the road.’ I realized then how close we came to being in a terrible accident.
As a Christian, it never occurred to me to pray. I went to the Lord in prayer that night, embarrassed at what I had done. No one but my savior and I knew. I thanked Him for our safety and for my friend who was not embarrassed to pray aloud. I have the assurance that He forgave me for being too embarrassed to pray.
I learned from a very God-filled woman that night. I think we all did. I now find myself asking, “Have you prayed about it?” when friends come to me with a problem.


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Dee Yoder 07/26/07
That black ice in the winter can be deadly. It's good that your friend had the presence of mind to ask for help from the Lord; and I'm sure He knew you were frightened out of all thought. :) What an object lesson, however!
william price07/27/07
Nice story with a useful message. The story was a little telly and needed some of the gray area broke up with paragraphs and dialogue. But you ministered your point well and effectively. A little work on presentation and this would be very good. God bless.
Phyllis Inniss 07/29/07
Fright can sometimes block our thinking and what we should do first gets pushed aside. You learned a good lesson there from your friend who put Prayer and Jesus first.
Joy Faire Stewart07/30/07
Great reminder that God is important in everything about our lives. Thanks for sharing.
Kristen Hester07/31/07
This is a great reminder to pray without ceasing! Thanks for sharing.