First of all, thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of you who prayed for our time away. During the previous three weeks, the mounting pressure at Jason’s job began squeezing the life out of us. As God will press us into new wine, I felt the devil wrapping around our necks, limiting breath.
Our God who nudged Jason and me to reserve this cabin in February knew then how He would lift us out of the pit of mud and mire and set our feet high on His mountain.
Of course, there are drawbacks of vacation. At the last minute, we needed two cars to fit our family of four, all bedding, towels, groceries, various hiking shoes and suitcases. Because my little car needed new tires, we rented an SUV. More money … more comfort and definitely more room.
Braedon and I took the Ford Explorer while Jason and Jackson cruised in my husband’s vehicle.
Soon after the drive began, I prayed:
Lord, You go before us, You go behind us. Lord, You are with us. Please protect us and deliver us safely to our destination.
The LORD Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you or forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged (Deuteronomy 31:8).
I followed Jason, though we both had directions in our phones. We were unsure when we would lose service.
As we reached one of the last roads before the ascent, I turned right while Jason kept straight. Wondering, I called him. Same directions, two ways. Jason’s famous last words:
We will meet you at the cabin he said.
Our Braedon is a quiet yet faithful co-pilot. As we began to climb the mountain, the road narrowed. We found ourselves on a detour.
The rental had an electronic screen that appeared on the dash. 3 tires were at 39 air pressure, the back tire on the passenger side was at 27.
With slight concern, I pressed on. I figured we would get there and find air tomorrow.
As I turned harrowing corners, the air pressure decreased to 23, then 20.
I began praying:
Lord, please heal our tire so that we can arrive safely. For You are the healer. I believe You can heal our tire …
Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed; save me, and I will be saved, for You are the One I praise (Jeremiah 17:14).
19, then 17
Yes, Lord, I will still praise You if You don’t heal the tire. Asking again, please heal the hole, secure the tire so we can arrive safely.
15, then 13
I pulled off to the scant side of the road.
I tried calling Jason, no cell service.
I tried calling 911, no cell service.
I got out to inspect the tire, hoping maybe it was a computer glitch.
Flat as a flapjack.
At this point, my confidence in Christ began to wane. The enemy prowling around our souls wanting me to believe that no cell service meant stress. The devil wanted me to cry and carry on about how awful this was.
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you (James 4:7).
Instead, I told Braedon to get his backpack ready. We would walk until we got cell service.
Before we headed down, I said aloud to my son, Ok, God goes before us, right?
Braedon wholeheartedly agreed. He who struggles with anxiety did not melt or worry, just followed me.
Ok, Lord, that You didn’t heal the tire. Show me what’s next.
After only about 500 feet of travel, a smaller SUV with two couples stopped. I spoke to the driver, telling him our woes. He wanted to help, was going to try and squeeze me and Braedon in his vehicle, when a couple on a motorcycle came up the opposite direction and stopped.
The driver of the motorcycle took off his helmet and looked my way.
Flat tire I said.
Do you have a spare? he said.
Without saying good-bye to the lovely people with big hearts in the SUV, I began to jog toward our car because that’s where the motorcycle was going.
Jim and Joyce were out for a joy ride. (It was Father’s Day).
Not for one second did I fear.
My Spirit knew God heard me, was taking care of us.
It all happened fast. In a total of about 35 minutes, we emptied all our stuff, Jim prepared the car, removed the tire …
The highway of the upright avoids evil; those who guard their ways preserve their lives (Proverbs 16:17).
Jim even began to teach Braedon how to use the jack:
We gave Jim and Joyce drinks, blessed them, and headed toward the cabin!
Meanwhile, Our Lord who goes before and behind, sent people (we hadn’t talked to) who saw us along the way to Jason. He and Jackson were waiting at the end of the lane for us to arrive. Again, people we didn’t know stopped, told Jason if you are waiting for your wife, a guy on a motorcycle is changing her tire.
So then, Jason and Jackson headed our way.
Hallelujah for Our Savior, for He is King of the Mountain and He does not need cell service to help, guide, orchestrate, save His people.
While still in His daylight, God rejoined His three sons and daughter in the family He created, set our feet high on His mountain.
The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear Him; He hears their cry and saves them (Psalm 145:18-19).
On our first night there, we saw a black bear ambling through the cabin’s huge yard.
The photo does not do God’s creature justice. What an amazing and awesome sight! Braedon spied him as he was eating his bedtime snack. The four of us gathered, again together, to witness this bear doing exactly what He was created to do.
God is so good, encouraging us that we seek Him, that we press into His Kingdom, that we unite with loved ones, that we keep awe of Him alive in our hearts.
And now, Israel (Readers, insert your name here), what does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to Him, to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul, and to observe the Lord’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good?
To the Lord your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it. Yet the Lord set His affection on your ancestors and loved them, and He chose you, their descendants above all nations … as it is today (Deuteronomy 10:12-15).
Isn’t it such a comfort knowing we are never alone, left to wither away in the dust? Isn’t it such hope that we can be saved when it appears there is no way? Isn’t it such a privilege to be known by Our Almighty Creator?
Thank you for joining me on our trip. I am not sure how many “parts” there will be to this post. I will listen to Him and share as He leads.
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Have a beauty-full Saturday.
Love in Christ,