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Call on Jesus

Beth Patch - Senior Producer

Traveling 60 miles-per-hour, I glanced to the right just in time to see a white sedan heading right for me — right into my lane as if I wasn’t even there! I jerked my steering wheel to the left to avoid getting hit. Next thing I know, I’m in a crazy spin and three lanes over, looking at the panicked face of a man driving toward me. My hands clenched the steering wheel as I cried out, “JESUS!” 

The fact I’m writing this article is proof I am still on planet Earth. I did get control of my car. All I know is I was headed for a bad wreck, I called on Jesus, my car stopped hurtling toward another car, and I found myself between the white dotted lines heading in the right direction. I was panicked. Jesus heard my cry. Peril became pure astonishment. 

I pulled over into the emergency lane to still my soul. “Thank you, Jesus!” I said over and over. Tears fell down my cheeks.

It was surreal. Like what the disciples experienced when Jesus came walking across the sea. Their boat was in serious trouble, fighting the wind and waves, and they were struggling. They were afraid. And what does Jesus do?

“Jesus spoke to them at once. ‘Don't be afraid,’ he said. ‘Take courage! I am here!’ Then he climbed into the boat, and the wind stopped. They were totally amazed, ...” Mark 6:50-51 (NLT)

Take courage. He is here. This is the same message He sends to each of us who call on Him. He will calm the storm that frightens us. His presence alone brings peace. The verse says "he climbed into the boat, and the wind stopped."

When I was headed for a collision, Jesus climbed into my red car and it stopped spinning out of control. He was with me. He set my car back between the lines. He demonstrated His mighty power over physics and his tremendous love for His children. And even if He had chosen to allow our cars to crash, I know He would have been with me to bring peace to my soul in that outcome.

Oh, Lord Jesus, thank you for your great love and mighty power. Please help us to remember how freely you come into our desperate moments and bring peace. When we call out to you, you are near. Give us the confidence in you we lack, so we have courage. You are here always through the power of the Holy Spirit. We don’t need to fear.

Copyright © 2019 Beth Patch, used with permission.

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