Two weeks ago our family went to Natal for a working weekend. We did not want to go, we reasoned, because it is very far from Bloemfontein. It was for the weekend only and we had to keep the kids away from school on the Friday.
Early on Sunday we started our journey back home to Bloemfontein. Soon after we hit the highway, between 4 lanes of racing cars, directions on the GPS… Too late we saw the huge rock in our lane. Needless to say we could not swing our and went over the rock. The tyres went flat on the rim. The kids were hysterical, my husband and I shaky… but we could not show this… we were the mom and dad.
We pulled off because the tyre had to be changed. The yellow-lane was too narrow and we decided to drive on to find a more suitable place to pull off. We hobbled on with the flat tyre. Some way further we pulled off again in the hope to change the tyre… a man on a motorbike stopped and told us to rather move on to the closest shopping centre where it would be safer to change a tyre because the area was well known for hijackings. By then a huge panic took hold of us. In the meantime we called our insurance and SOS-helpline… somebody certainly had to come to our rescue!
Out of nowhere we saw a Metro Police vehicle and my husband signalled for them to stop. A man and a woman clothed in uniform got out; they spoke Afrikaans and asked how they could help. We almost embraced them with joy. In a moment the tyre was changed and they took us to a nearby tyre centre for a new tyre… and Bloemfontein was still 500km away. We started talking to them and realised how lucky we were not to be hijacked or robbed. That piece of the highway is known for hijacks by means of rocks on the road so that your vehicle damage in such a way that you cannot continue.
We listened to them in total disbelief… shaky, shocked, crying, grateful… From our conversation with them we heard how they daily serve the Lord on the highway by helping others, preaching the Word and by this means making a difference. We also got to know that we all went to Angus Buchan’s It’s Time in Bloemfontein… them all the way from Natal.
Stunned we realised why we had to go to Natal for the weekend, why we had to have trouble on the way, why they had to “find” us on the highway… to spread the message to us…
Don’t be afraid, I am with you. Don’t worry, I am your God. I will make you strong, I will help you. I protect you with my arm and give you victories. I tell you: “Don’t tremble with fear, I will help you. (Isa 41:20)
With these words we followed them to the closest toll gate to take the road back to the Free State. We waved on our way… our word few, our hearts full… we serve a Living God.
20 Don’t be afraid, I am with you. Don’t worry, I am your God. I will make you strong, I will help you. I protect you with my arm and give you victories. I tell you: “Don’t tremble with fear, I will help you.