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The Corner

 

Dear Friends,

During the month of July my nephew, Charles, and his family had gone on a weeklong camping trip into the wilderness area of the Sierra Nevada mountains. My wife and I decided to visit them for a day trip and we found the road was paved but at a certain point it was only a rough dirt road. The terrain was steep with canyons and bridge over a river that looked like it was ready to fall down any time. After driving a few hours we finally found Charles and his family who had camped between two small lakes.

After lunch, I felt a nudge by the Holy Spirit to start the car and found that it would not do so. This pleasant day trip suddenly turned into a struggle of getting out and back home. Charles drove us to a place where there was cell phone reception and I called for AAA to come and rescue us. At eight o'clock we called again about the tow truck and found out that we had to drive to a local town because the driver was unfamiliar with the dirt roads. It was dark when we finally connected and I had the opportunity to speak with the driver as we drove back to the camp. He was born again but he had great personal needs and I was able to share how to overcome them with God’s help.

It was a small miracle that we were able to get the car loaded on the flatbed amongst all the trees and rocks. We prayed before the driver started to load the car; he was going to use his flashlight to see in loading the vehicle, but he was amazed to find out that the floodlights, which were broken, had suddenly started to work. After a slow drive over the dirt roads and out of the mountains, he delivered us home safe and sound at 5:30 in the morning. After he unloaded the car, I gave him a copy of Christian Dynamics Course 1 and showed him where some of the topics we had spoken about were located.

I remember talking to the Lord, that it was fine for Him to send this tow truck driver so that I could minister to him for more than eight hours. I realized this man would never have met me unless our car had broken down. For many years I have told people that it is seldom convenient when there is a need for ministry and this road trip to the wilderness reinforced that truth.

I also thought about the future and the coming of the Antichrist. Many people imagine that when that time comes, they will flee into a wilderness area and wait for Jesus to come back. I learned this, that there is no food in wilderness areas and you need to bring in supplies that would last you a long time. This last winter they received 58 feet of snow that was on the ground until late June.

It would certainly be difficult to survive a winter like that and the Holy Spirit showed me that my safety is in Christ. There is only one way to survive when the tribulation period arrives and that is through the power of the Holy Spirit and living in the supernatural. God made a difference between the children of Israel and the Egyptians when He sent the plagues. And when there was a drought in Israel, God sent the prophet Elijah into the wilderness where ravens brought him food. When the brook dried up, God sent him to another nation and had a widow supernaturally feed him.

When my car was taken in to be repaired, I found out the ignition switch had gone bad. It just happened to die right there in the wilderness. During my 50 years of driving, I have never had an ignition switch go bad on me. Did God break it? I believe He had an angel break it in order to teach me about the wilderness, but most of all to reach this hurting tow truck driver.

I remember telling God in the wilderness that I was fine with the situation but asked Him to cover the repair cost. Some four weeks later a check came in the mail made out to me and marked for personal expenses of the pastor. God covered the cost of the broken ignition switch. We serve an awesome God, who loves us and surely deserves our praise. To God be the glory!

Yours in Christ,

John S. Torell


Volume 14, Issue 2