Preparing for a Miracle

The temperature outside had been steadily dropping all day. What began as a sultry day of 20 degrees below zero had now turned into a bitter night of 43 degrees below zero. The highway was empty as usual. No one would be out on a night like this if they didn't have to be. Suddenly, the truck's engine started sputtering and our speed began to decline rapidly. My family and I were moving back to our home in Delta Junction, Alaska, after a few years in Maryland. We had gotten off of the ferry from Washington the day before and had spent the night in Haines Junction, Yukon. Unfortunately when we got up this morning, the truck wouldn't start. Unbeknownst to us, there are different grades of diesel fuel, and the fuel we had from Washington was gelling in the tank. After thawing the fuel tank and adding some cold-weather diesel, we were off for the final leg of our journey. But now, the truck was sputtering. The fuel was obviously gelling once more. As the truck's speed reduced from 75 to 30, our whole family began to pray and sing. And that's when it happened. Suddenly, the vehicle surged to life and continued running at full power for the rest of the way home. Stopping at the local gas station near us, we learned that a woman driving the same stretch of highway we were driving had died the week before because her car had broken down and no one had passed by until the next day.

Moments like these remind me of the time when Paul and Silas were stuck in jail after being beaten and wrongly accused. They could have easily given in to depression and lost all hope, but instead, in their darkest hour, they began to pray and sing. And that's when the miracle happened. Acts 16:26 tells us that "suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were loosed." It is in our darkest moments, when every other hope is gone, that God wants to hear us sing. And when we do, miracles happen. Are you preparing for a miracle?

Praying and singing,

Pastor Sutherland