Breakdown at midnight

Once we were going  to Kerala as we were planning to keep Timmy with my parents for his studies from sixth standard.  He did his 6,7,&8 in Kerala.   For some reason we decided to go through Madurai.  At 7 pm we were in Coimbatore and filled the tank with sufficient fuel and proceeded our journey.   We had finished all our money except a fifty rupee note and a little change. By about 11.30 we reached Dindigul.  At Dindigul I got down and had a cup of tea and proceeded further.

Unknowingly I missed the by pass road to Madurai and got right into the city of Dindigul.  As we reached the central part of the city we had to go slowly as people were still in the streets.  Once I had to stop the vehicle.  On trying to move the vehicle, it would not move.  Engine was OK.  But the van was not moving.

When we were standing there not knowing what to do, a Muslim friend came to me and asked me what the problem was.  He had seen me in the previous place stopped for tea.  Now again when he saw us standing on the road he doubted some problem.  My van had gospel verses written all over.  That attracted the Muslim to us.  He asked us whether it was a church vehicle to which I gave a positive reply.  When he knew that the van had some problem, he looked at his watch and found it was12 midnight.  He became very concerned as he saw Joyce and five children in the van.  He said that it would be very difficult to get any help at that part of the night anywhere there.  Then suddenly he remembered a matador owner who had his own workshop.  He hired a bicycle from nearby and asked me to sit behind him and took me to that workshop.

As we reached there, the man  just closed his shop and he had one foot on his bicycle just about to leave the place.  Then I explained my situation to him and he said his van would come at 2.30 am and then he would come to toe mine to the work shop.  Believing his words we came back to our van and the Muslim friend consoled me and left the place.  So we were waiting till 2.30 in the van with much prayer for the arrival of the mechanic with his van which he did very promptly.  He toed our van to the workshop and dropped Joyce and children in the Gospel Hall and came to work on my van. 

The owner of the workshop was there at that time and he knew uncle C.V. Samuel. who was evangelist at Dindigul.  When he knew who I was and where I was going, he told his foreman not to wait till morning but to fix the vehicle and let us leave by early in the morning.  My van’s clutch had failed.  In the night he got a used clutch and by six in the
morning the work was over.  He asked me money for break fluid and I gave him the last fifty rupee note in my hand.  By 7 in the morning the van was ready to go.

As I did not have any money in my hand I gave him my wrist watch and told him that I would come back in a week and get my watch back by paying the workshop bill.  Interestingly the watch on my hand was a brand new Citizen automatic which would cost about a thousand rupees.  It came to me just the previous day.  Before that I had an electronic watch with me which was worth just one hundred rupees!

Just imagine if the Muslim had not help me, if the mechanic had already gone, if the owner was not kind hearted, if they had asked me money for spare parts before work began, and if I did not have a costly watch on me!  Even in that difficult situation the Lord was very kind to us.  We praise Him for His wonderful ways in our lives. After this incident we have used the same road several times.  Every time we had sufficient money for any emergency.

2 thoughts on “Breakdown at midnight

  1. Bro Paul,

    For many people, miracles proclaim the greatness of God, however for many others, me included, the absence of miracles proclaims the greatness of God.

    My intention here is to get your opinion on such thoughts; so you have to look at it with a positive spirit.

    If you look at the vast expanse of the universe with billions of galaxies, some even 12 billion light years away, and all of these so well fine-tuned that many see the greatness of God in these, all being held together so well and precise. Heavens declares the glory of God (Psalms 19:1). It truly does.

    Miracles, they consider as an out of the way event, an exception to the set rule.

    It’s not my thought; greatest scientists like Albert Einstein often found the greatness of God in the absence of miracles, getting to know the unimaginable complexity of our universe.

    Why do we have to look for miracles on a day to day basis to see the greatness of God?

    Or is it that the human lives are so skewed by our own choices and actions that God has to perform a miracle on a daily basis to get us back in track? I think the absence of miracles is great in itself.

    How do you respond to such a thought process?

    Jose Paul

    Mathew Paul to jpaul53


    It is great to see your comment.

    My view about miracles is that every thing that God does is a miracle for man. For example the complex universe is indeed a miracle beyond any man’s imagination. That is why many who do not believe in miracles do not want to accept creation.

    God is also the sustainer of the universe. Every thing is held by the power of His Word (Heb.1:3). In other words God is continuing His miraculous activities regularly. Hence the functioning of the universe.

    That God does special miracles for His people every day is taught clearly in the Bible. For instance He fed Israel in the wilderness by manna every day. The Bible is full of stories about the special miracles God performed for His people. Elijah being fed by ravens is another example. This is to prove that this God of the great universe is keenly interested in the puny creature, man. I would rather go by the opinion of the Bible than by rhe opinions of great men of the world.

    In the economy of God there is provision for man to call up on God to see Him work for him. “Call up on me and I will show you great and mighty things which thou knowest not”(Jer.33:3). I am just making use of this provision for myself. How else can you know that the God of the universe has an interest in you? This is not going against God’s laws, but rather going by the prvisions in God’s laws.

    Any one who co-operates with God based on Biblical injunctions can and will surely encounter miracles every day in life. This is God’s pattern of working. We are on track when we call up on Him for great things beyond our capacity. We are no one to force God! But thank God, we can co-operate with Him

    Bye for now.


    Here is a quotation you may like to look at.

    “Among the many Bible passages setting forth this aspect of prayer, one to which we would specifically call attention to is the last part of James 5:16. “The energy put forth by the fervent prayer of a righteous man issues in mighty results,” or “brings mighty things to pass.”: This rendering has the merit of emphasizing the truth that prayer is a vital force, a great dynamic, that prayer exerts energy, and brings things to pass outside the one who prays. We are aware that some individuals will object to this conception of prayer, their contention being that since the universe is governed by certain fixed and unalterable laws, it is therefore unthinkable that any mere man, by his praying, should be able to interfere with such fixed laws. But these objectors lose sight of the important fact that prayer itself IS one of these fixed laws of God, and that God has designed to bring many things to pass by the means of prayer. When that fact is recognized, it will at once be seen that it is not the man who prays, but rather the man who does not pray, who interferes with God’s fixed laws, by failing to cooperate with God in bringing about things which He has meant to be accomplished through His law of prayer.”

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