Prays Together: No-Man’s Land

This past week I made quick three-day road trip to visit my best friend who is now living in Phoenix. We have been friends for over 53 years now! He has been dealing with some serious health issues and so I felt it was really important to go visit him. Little did I realize that my trip would turn into a bit of an adventure.

I was making great time as I headed east on I-10 toward the California-Arizona border. That’s when it happened; a blow-out in my right rear tire. It happened when I was about half way between Indio and Blythe, and was approximately 50 miles from getting help from either location. I soon found out that I had broken down in “no-man’s land,” in terms of getting roadside assistance.

I was pretty sure I could just fix the flat by myself, so I began the step by step process of getting the jack out, lowering the full-size spare down from under my old Ford Explorer, jacking up the car, etc. That’s when things began to go wrong. First the jack broke, then I realized that the spare was really old and also needed air in it; plus, nobody was stopping to help. I called AAA and found out that there was a driver who was only about 10 miles away. He called me and said he’d be there in 10 or 15 minutes, for which I gave thanks to the Lord!

While I was waiting, a car stopped with two rather scary looking men in it. They offered to help me and told me that AAA never comes out to where I was. I had broken down in “no-man’s land.” To their surprise, and my relief, AAA did show up! The tow truck driver was incredibly helpful, even giving me a couple of bottles of water. He told me I was about a mile from the demarcation line between where the two tow-truck operations worked. He also admitted that the tow-truck operators do sometimes ignore calls when someone is stuck in the location where I was at.

I learned some practical things from all this, like making sure that I have a good spare in the car, including a jack that was in good working order. I also learned that the Lord had been watching over me in response, I believe, to all who had been praying for me and my trip. I could have broken down anywhere, but even in that remote stretch of highway called “no man’s land” the Lord was taking care of me. Psalm 91:11 says, “For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.” We also know that the Lord “will never leave us, nor forsake us” (from Deuteronomy 31:6). That was also David’s declaration in Psalm 23:4, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou are with me,” (even in “no-man’s land!”).

Jim Newman is pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Exeter. He
may be reached by calling 559-592-2367 or by emailing [email protected]
Prays Together is a rotating column between the pastors of the First Presbyterian Church of Exeter, Church of Christ of Exeter, Nazarene Church of Exeter, Church of God of Exeter, the New Life Assembly of God and Rocky Hill Community Church as well as the Lemon Cove Presbyterian Church.
– This column is not a news article but the opinion of the writer and does not reflect the views of The Sun-Gazette newspaper.

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