It was dark and we were driving through a large, unfamiliar city—in the days before GPS. The kids were in the back seat, one was asleep. We were looking for our hotel, but clearly we were lost.
Dan made a turn onto a narrow road and discovered it was a freeway off-ramp—and we were going the wrong way! Suddenly, before he could put the car in reverse, an 18-wheeler was coming toward us at high speed.
There was no room to move to the right or to the left. We were going to be hit head-on! The monstrous truck was almost on us when I did the only thing I knew to do.
I called on the only name that offered hope. I screamed, “JESUS HELP!”
INSTANTLY the 18-wheeler was behind us, driving away from us as if we had not been in its path! There was no slowing down, no swerving, no screeching of brakes, no horn honking. It simply came up close to us and then suddenly it was behind us—as though it had somehow been lifted above and then set down behind us.
As Dan put the car in reverse, both he and our daughter exclaimed, “What happened? How did that happen?”
I KNEW what had happened! I was praising and thanking God through tears.
Truly, there is no other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” I used to think this verse only referred to eternal salvation. That night I discovered it also refers to the here and now.
Years later my husband, who is not yet a follower of Jesus, denies it happened. I too began to have doubts and wondered if perhaps it was something I had dreamed. Then a few months ago our daughter asked, “Mom, do you remember that time we were traveling and that huge truck was coming toward us and then suddenly it was behind us? Was that a miracle?”
“Mom, it’s something I will never forget!”
- You will praise the name of the Lord your God, who has worked wonders for you. Joel 2:26b
- Salvation is found in no-one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12
- Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Romans 10:13
- SONG: DEAR LORD OF LORD by Kathleen – click to listen: