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Topic: Embarrassed (07/19/07)
TITLE: An Answered Prayer
By Fran Cantwell
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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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