Posted by: pastordiehl   in Uncategorized

We all have scariest moments that emboss an unforgettable picture in our minds. Halloween is noted for scary moments. What’s yours?

When I was in my middle twenties I was a brand new Christian and drove a 1970 Volkswagen Beetle. I was driving north one day on State Road 1 in Steuben County. I heard the still, small voice of the Holy Spirit remind me to fasten my safety belt, but I enjoyed the freedom too much to respond. Seconds later, as I was driving into a curve, I realized that I was left of center as another car approached. I quickly over-corrected and swerved off the road into the ditch. Seeing a pole in front of me, I steered into the cornfield, still loose from the spring planting. Sliding sideways in the loose soil, the car tipped over and rolled like a ball several times. Seeing what was about to happen, I reached upwards with both hands against the ceiling of the car and pressed myself into the seat. “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,” I cried out.

When the dust had settled, the car was resting on its side, all windows broken out. I hurriedly crawled out of the front window opening in case there might be a fire. I learned right then and there to listen to that still small voice. Later Anita, who I had just starting seeing, came over to pick pieces of glass out of my back, but nothing was broken.

I think that was my scariest moment. It came when I was out of control and vulnerable. I didn’t have time to think about it, but I knew there was nothing I could do but hang on for the ride. Fear grips us when we have lost control and step into the unknown where we have to trust. The Bible says God has not given us a spirit of fear.

What was your scariest moment and what lessons have you learned?

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My scariest moment was also while driving. Last winter I was coming home from a shopping trip to Angola when my visibility shrank to nothing. I frantically cried out to God to help me and kept going slowly along, praying I would stay on the road in the right lane and not cause trouble for anyone else. Soon I could begin to see the road again and made it safely home, praising God the entire way!

October 31st, 2011 at 11:53 am
Lori Sattison

One of the scariest moments in my life is when I was having complications during my first pregnancy. The doctors decided to take the baby a month early, and told me all of the things that could go wrong. They also told me the development risks a premature baby can face. She was only 4 1/2 pounds when she was born, but is now a beautiful 18 year old with unlimited possibilities as she gets ready to graduate high school this year. God is good!

November 3rd, 2011 at 10:12 am

I was frightened to near panic when swimming in the Columbia River as a kid. I got out too far and actually got sucked under by the current when I went over the drop off into the channel. When I surfaced, I swam a LONG way to the shore. There was not way I was going to try to stand up anywhere. I just knew there was no bottom anywhere. Needless to say, I still have a healthy fear of the water. I could have easily drowned that day if my guardian angel had not been on duty.

November 4th, 2011 at 11:49 am

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