The Delayed Departure

Submitted by Connie Eimer

We were all excited about heading home for Christmas.  Even the six-hour drive didn’t dampen our spirits.  Although we planned to leave around noon in order to be home for dinner, it didn’t happen.  One thing after another delayed us.  And the delays were so unusual and strange that we openly discussed how supernatural they were and that perhaps God knew there was an accident down the road He was helping us to avoid.

We finally got on the road, only to turn around and go back to the house when we realized that we left an important gift on the table.  We got the gift and were a few miles down the road when my husband went to drink his coffee and the lid fell off, dousing him with the hot brew.  We stopped at a gas station to clean up the car.  It is now dark, past dinner time, but we headed out.

About 30 minutes into the drive, we passed a vehicle parked strangely on the side of the road.  We both sensed that something was wrong so my husband turned around and we pulled up behind the car.  Sitting inside was an elderly woman, sobbing!  Only minutes earlier, she had hit a deer, totally disabling her vehicle.  She was alone with no one to help.  Her husband was at home, an amputee, with no way to get to her.  Even the sheriff’s department said that they had no one to dispatch at that time and suggested that she call family or friends.

We brought her into our car, made a few calls, and waited for help to arrive.  As it turned out, her car was totaled and had to be towed back into town.

Once she was stable and the sheriff and family arrived, we drove on.  Although we didn’t reach our destination until two in the morning, we were full of peace and joy, knowing that all of our delays were perfectly timed by God. He put us in the right place at the right time.

“Faith is not faith until it is all you’re holding on to!”

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