If you are going to get stranded somewhere, it might as well be on a resort island. Because of trailer repairs we could not travel and had to stay a week next to the church we had just ministered in (which happened to be on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina).
Minutes after we prayed for safety and committed the trip and equipment to the Lord, I was pulling out of a tight spot at Bible Baptist Church which Brother Scott Barber pastors. CLANG! I heard the sound of metal and knew immediately what had happened. I snapped a leaf spring in the suspension in the trailer. We were stuck and knew it. I started calling several places to locate the proper spring to replace it. Finally (and I mean finally), I was able to locate the spring and have it shipped. This meant we were staying there for the week. Our next meeting was the next Sunday in Florida. The Lord is so good that he provided a mechanic in the church to volunteer his time and replace the springs when they came in.
Since we were going to be there for the Wednesday evening service of the church, the pastor asked me to preach. I preached from Mark 11 on “Expecting the Impossible”. God gave us a special service that night with a good response to God’s Word. The Spirit specifically spoke to hearts about faith and there were many definite decisions.
After the service, an exchange student from India trusted Christ as Savior! We were thrilled to see this one be saved. For a long while he stayed afterward. He noticed the mission board in the hallway and asked what that was. He was told that is was a display of missionaries to foreign countries that told people what he had heard that night. He then asked where is the one to India? He was told they did not have one to India. He said’ “I guess I am going to be the next one.” What an amazing statement from someone who just was saved! His excitement in his new faith could also be seen the next few days. The following Sunday he was at church, and he said “I just couldn’t wait until Sunday!”
As I think back on all that God did, I can’t help but thank Him for His providence and divine appointments. And I can truly say, It’s not so bad to be stranded on a