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Topic: IMPOSSIBLE (09/05/19)
- TITLE: What Now?
By Bonnie Kronberger
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Kelliâ€™s thoughts turned to the job she was heading towardâ€”a couple of days away from home to work a basketball camp at her high school alma mater. Her position as a university womensâ€™ basketball coach required travel to high schools throughout the country, looking for athletes to recruit for her team. It was only a few years since playing college basketball herself, and now being a head coach, she loved the challenge of working with athletes, giving them skills and confidence to reach their potential.
A road sign brought her attention back to the driveâ€”thirty more miles to her destination. It would soon be dark but the gentle curves of the road helped keep her alert after hours of monotonous driving. A glance at her dashboard displayed a startling fact; her gas gauge read empty.
Peace changed to panic in a split second. Thoughts swirled helter shelter through her head, jumping from one possibility to another, none bringing comfort. Settle down. Think. There has to be a way to fix this.
Her foot eased off the gas pedal. Slow down. Coast as much as possible. Donâ€™t waste gas. What will I do when my car stops?
She quickly settled upon a plan. Kelli grew up running miles along a country road with her brothers, so she decided she could run until she came to a place to buy gas. She had no flashlight, no cell service, yet this seemed the logical thing to do. Having a plan brought her some comfort, being a bit oblivious to the dangers and realities of it. She returned her attention to her surroundings as she babied the gas pedal. Lord, be with me and keep me safe. Help me get out of this mess.
The road didnâ€™t have much shoulder to pull off on, just ditches and cut back banks. She had seen no signs of inhabitants for a long time. Her shoulders tightened and a headache began as she gripped the wheel, waiting for her car to sputter and die.
When it finally did she saw a large open area in front of her. The car rolled to a stop. Looking around in the dim light she thought she was seeing a mirage. A four-wheel ATV appeared on the hillside, coming toward her. Two large gas tanks, secured to metal stands, stood right at the spot where her car stopped. She exited the car, baffled at her surroundings.
The ATV pulled up and an elderly lady stepped off. â€œWhatâ€™s going on, honey?â€ she asked.
â€œI ran out of gas. Is this gas?â€ Kelli asked, pointing to the tanks. The lady nodded. â€œCan I buy some from you?â€
She nodded again. Soon the car was filled with gas. Kelli thanked the lady profusely, paid for the gas, and drove away.
The rest of the drive went by in a blur. Her mind kept replaying the situation. How were there gas tanks in the middle of nowhere, exactly where her car rolled to a stop? What was the lady doing out in the evening, all alone, taking ownership of the gas tanks? Did God send a guardian angel to watch over her?
Whatever just happened, thank you Lord.
Her rescue was not far from her mind for the next couple of days, amazed at the outcome. Driving home, she took the same highway, looking for the large gas tanks on the side of the road. She saw nothing.
â€œSee, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared.â€ Exodus 23:20
A true story
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