Don't Be Anxious, Instead Make Requests Known To God

Kathleen was driving a group of Thai believers on a visit to a sick lady when their van got stuck on a muddy path as it was getting dark along the bandit-infested way. Turning to God in prayers, the sought heaven's intervention and within minutes help from God arrived.

Following excerpt from 29% into When People Pray by Denis Lane
One weekend we planned to visit several people and end up at Elephant Pool. There we would stay overnight with a very isolated lady who had been in hospital for leprosy treatment. Now she had returned home with a full leg plaster and was unable to leave her little wooden house on stilts surrounded by thick mud and trees.

All went well until we turned off the main road onto the track through the wood leading to elephant Pool. It was beginning to get dark and the season had turned the track into a fast running river. I’d driven through rivers many times 'fore and, remembering where the track ran, I readily drove forward. In seconds I ground to a halt, the engine died and all four wheels sank firmly into deep red sticky mud up to the van doors!

‘’Try driving backward,” came one helpful suggestion. "It’s getting dark,” stated Jamlong. “What can we do to help?” Pastor Yew was joking at me obviously confident that I had the answer! I could have laughed as I thought of my wiling friends. None of them must get their feet wet, especially in that filthy water! Pastor had lacerated stumps as limbs, Jamlong had recently done an operation to straighten her deformed feet, and Udom had one artificial leg.

Glancing round I saw a grassy mound protruding from the water. “Can you get out on to the dry bank?” I asked, thinking a lighter van might move more easily. As they clambered out I said, “Stand there and pray.”

As they did this I took my shoes and socks off, rolled up my trousers and slithered into the slimy mud, digging at it with my hands in a vain effort to free the wheels. I was praying too. “Lord, what are you going to do to help us, please?” We were very aware of our helplessness and the danger we were in. No one stayed out after dark in that bandit- infested area. But we all had a peaceful confidence in the Lord’s presence and protection.

We all heard and saw it at the same time. “What’s that shadow coming from the middle of that rice field?” Pastor Yew was pointing into the dark, to where the noise of an engine could be— heard. The tractor came straight to us and before we could grasp what was happening the driver was instructing me. “Start your engine, but keep your foot on the clutch and put your gear into reverse.” I obeyed while he attached a convenient chain hanging from the tractor to our rear axle, jumped into the seat, winched us out back to firm land and was fast disappearing into the dark before we could even call our thanks!

My friends climbed in with amazement written all over their faces, “Where did he come from, no one has a tractor near here,” said Pastor who knew the area well as he had lived in one of the villages only a few miles away. “Anyway, no one would be ploughing in this weather or as late as this.” There and then we prayed together, thanking the Lord for sending such help.

When People Pray

Genre:Testimonies
Subject:Testimonies
Publisher:Overseas Missionary Fellowship
Year:1987
Location:Singapore
Library:OMF US Library and Archives
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Kathleen was driving a group of Thai believers on a visit to a sick lady when their van got stuck on a muddy path as it was getting dark along the bandit-infested way. Turning to God in prayers, the sought heaven's intervention and within minutes help from God arrived.