90 miles on empty

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Sabbath Gas April 25,2004

90 miles on Empty

I never buy anything including gasoline on the Seventh day the Sabbath because how I understand these texts I include at the end of this short story. I was not prepared with a full tank in my car for I expected to go with Ron in his car to Spokane for church. He was scheduled to work the next night in Omak and did not rest due to facial pain. He decided not to go to church.

  Knowing my family were gathered for a last time in Walla Walla at the reunion, I wanted to go. I prayed about it. I had planned to be in India but the DELAY TEST drones on. My husband urged me to go see my family. My brother was packed up ready to go live in Nebraska and my sister brought mom up from California. My deceased sister Julie’s young men were there.

  It was 200 mile distance and I knew 3 gallons would not be enough. I do not buy on the Sabbath. I decided to make it a Sabbath day rest wherever we stalled if God chose not to give us gasoline. I knew He could give us gas. He had done it many times before. We went 90 miles on empty.  After 100 miles of driving, the gage was past empty and we began to thank God for his miracle and ask for more. The gage stayed down past empty for 90 miles till we reached the Walla Walla College church. We enjoyed the church service together with sis Jeanie and many familiar faces of long ago college days. We had so much joy as we exchanged stories of how the Lord had led us in these past 30 years.

 After Sabbath we headed on another 6 miles looking for fuel and found a station open in Oregon near brother Jack’s home where we stayed with the family for the night. This brought the total about 96 miles on God's gasoline fuel.

The next morning on this full tank we traveled 208 miles home and arrived as the tank registered empty. We know we had a miracle from heaven. It is so special to us that God wanted me to see my old friends from college days and share my testimony of His faithfulness and what I have learned in my delay test.


Exodus 16:23   And he said unto them, This [is that] which the LORD hath said, To morrow [is] the rest of the holy sabbath unto the LORD: bake [that] which ye will bake [to day], and seethe that ye will seethe; and that which remaineth over lay up for you to be kept until the morning. 

Exodus 20:8   Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 

  20:9   Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 

  20:10   But the seventh day [is] the sabbath of the LORD thy God: [in it] thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that [is] within thy gates: 

  20:11   For [in] six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them [is], and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. 


 Exodus 31:12   And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 

  31:13   Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it [is] a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that [ye] may know that I [am] the LORD that doth sanctify you. 

  31:14   Ye shall keep the sabbath therefore; for it [is] holy unto you: every one that defileth it shall surely be put to death: for whosoever doeth [any] work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people. 

  31:15   Six days may work be done; but in the seventh [is] the sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD: whosoever doeth [any] work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death. 

  31:16   Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, [for] a perpetual covenant. 

  31:17   It [is] a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for [in] six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed. 

  31:18   And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God. 

Nehemiah 10:31   And [if] the people of the land bring ware or any victuals on the sabbath day to sell, [that] we would not buy it of them on the sabbath, or on the holy day