«Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise» (PSALM 51:15, ISV).
IT WAS a beautiful Sabbath morning and I was traveling quite early with my two children to the province of San José in Costa Rica. I missed my husband, who was far away. If it had been up to me, I would have liked for him to take us with him everywhere, but it was not possible that day. %us, we prayed before we left the house, always asking God for the same thing: protection from any danger that we could encounter. I knew from what happened later that God really did listen to us.
Once on the road, I was driving at about fifty miles an hour when suddenly, we heard a loud noise and I lost control of the car for a moment. car seemed to want to crash into a wall on the left. «The blood of Christ!» I exclaimed. I immediately turned the steering wheel to the right to try to avoid the tragedy. The worst of the situation over, I stopped the car and talked to my children: «Kids, let’s pray so we can get to Grandma’s house and leave the car there, because something’s not right.»
We had made a commitment to attend another church in the afternoon, the San José Central, where they were expecting visitors. My two children would sing and preach, as well as give their testimonies, and finally, we would urge those present to give their hearts to Jesus. *the activity lasted more than one hour and brought many blessings. Once it was over, we returned to my mother’s house, where we spent the night. The next day, we looked for a mechanic.
«How is it that you were not killed?’ the mechanic asked us after taking a look at the car. «God was really taking care of you.»
Hearing it from someone else’s lips was a confirmation of what I already knew within me. I felt thankful to my Lord once again.
I arrived at my home in the afternoon, opened my computer, and began to write and weep, thankful for all the «negative» things that had happened, and particularly because God had saved us. That very afternoon, I found a quotation from Ellen G. White that impressed me: «Nothing tends more to promote health of body and of soul than does a spirit of gratitude and praise. It is a positive duty to resist melancholy, discontented thoughts and feelings—as much a duty as it is to pray» (The Ministry of Healing, ch. 18, p. 251).