Twice. I remember going home for Christmas twice, after I grew up and moved away. The First time I was in the Air Force, and I was at Lackland TX.
I found out at the last minute I could go home, but had no money to go. I borrowed it, and got on a bus.
I didn’t have any money for eating, and this woman must have noticed, because when she got off the bus, she handed me a reader’s digest and said “Look inside, but not until I’m gone”.
Inside was a 10.00 bill. God sent me help (I think).
The second time I was driving, and my commander advised me it was probably not a great idea to go. I was going to be driving a mountain pass and he said “the weather is not supposed to be good.” I was young and industructable, nothing could happen to me! (or so I thought).
I remember well after Christmas was over, the snow started coming down on the way back to the base. By the time I got to the town up on the pass, the weather was so bad, I could not see across the street. The comnander’s words rang in my ears “You will be A WOL if you don’t return the day you said.”
I couldn’t see! I got out to call my mom, told her I was okay, and got back in the car. A few miles down the road I saw I was heading BACK to where I just came from!
I strained to see where to turn around, saw a turn around area (now deep with snow) and got firmly stuck. Oh man I was scared! And I prayed! “I don’t deserve it Lord, but help!”
Suddenly out of nowwhere, two men appeared in the blinding snow. “Put it in Neutral” He said, And they pushed me out.
When I looked to say thank you, nobody was there. No car, no tail lights, Nothing! I have always believed it was angels.
Just knowing that kept me calm as I drove the rest of the way in the blinding snow sticking close to the tail lights of a truck up ahead of me.
I could not even see the side of the road most of the time and when I got back, I had about a 16th of a tank of gas left. I was so thankful! And to this day, As much as I may want to go somewhere at Christmas I think about what that commander said “If you don’t get back, you’ll be AWOL”.
That was one trip I probably shouldn’t have taken, but God’s grace was right there for me.
Thank you Jesus.