“Daddy, my car broke down on the Bonnet Carré spillway and I don’t know what to do!”
I could hear the terror in Jen’s voice and the roar of the cars and big rigs racing past her at 60+ miles per hour on a Friday afternoon in heavy traffic on I-10 west. She was headed to Baton Rouge. Those of you familiar with the New Orleans area know how intense traffic can be on I-10 headed towards Laplace from Kenner on the spillway in the late afternoon after work, but it is a whole other story on Friday when people are headed to Baton Rouge, especially when the LSU Tigers are playing. I told her to put her emergency flashers on (she already had) and to get out the passenger side and walk about 3-4 car lengths in front of her car, in case someone slammed into her in the rear.
“But Daddy, I can’t because all the cars are passing on my passenger side!” Now, I am getting terrified because the shoulder on the left side of this stretch of I-10 is not a full car width like on the right side and I am hoping that she cannot sense the fear in my voice as I try to remain calm and guide her. “Should I call AAA” she says? “I don’t have AAA, sweetheart,” I replied. ” “But I do, Daddy!” “GREAT,” I replied. “Call AAA and then call me back as soon as you get off the phone with them.” As soon as she hung up, I got down on my knees. “Lord, PLEASE take care of my little girl and keep her safe. Protect her from all the crazy drivers out there, fix her car and make sure she returns safely to all of us who love her. Thank you, Jesus. In Your most holy name, I pray. Amen.” Only a few minutes had gone by and she called me to say that she had reached AAA but that now a Louisiana State Trooper had pulled up behind her with his flashing lights. So she hung up and I knew that God had answered my prayers. Later on, she called me to report that after the Trooper had stopped behind her, he got out and after finding out the car would not start, asked if he could try to start it. It did! (Prayer answered, car fixed.) So, he stopped RUSH HOUR traffic and moved her car to the right side of the Spillway. But after moving her car over, instead of simply going on to his next call, this Trooper followed her all the way to the next exit in Laplace where we were able to find the nearest Oldsmobile dealer to take her car to be checked and repaired. I am not afraid to admit that later after I had some time to calm down, I got down on my knees and openly wept at this amazing answer to my prayer. Not only had God answered my prayer for protection and fixed her car, but he sent an “angel” to protect her the whole time she was on the interstate. I mean what better protection can you ask for than a state trooper? I have many more stories I can relate to you that prove God answers prayer, like how He sustained me in my apartment in Kenner, LA during Hurricane Katrina for 4 days without electricity or running water. But that is for another time.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”—Philippians 4:3 NKJV