Blog 264

October 23, 2022


Rev. Robert L. Wise, PhD explores the world of divine interventions from an objective point of view. An Archbishop in the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches with a Ph.D., Rev. Wise relates his interviews with persons who experienced the touch of God.


Sometimes the intervention of God comes in ways we would never expect. We may even participate unexpectedly without realizing that we are part of the way that the Holy Spirit is at work. Here’s an example.

The family of Margene Earl were Wycliffe Bible Translators in the jungles of south Mexico and often traveled through dangerous territory to get to their work. On one of these occasions, they found themselves trapped by a guerilla team blocking the road. Surrounded by thick jungle, a dense fog descended on them.

Wearing bandanas that marked them as part of an extremist militant group, the bandits pointed their AK-47 rifles straight at the Earl’s car. Because so many people had disappeared in the jungle, Margene was certain they were dead.

She immediately remembered the stories of Brother Andrew smuggling Bibles into Communist countries. God had protected him by blinding the border guards to the Bibles in the backseat of his car. Margene prayed, “God, you blinded the guards to keep from seeing Brother Andrew’s Bibles in his back seat and they let him cross the border. Please God, confuse these men so they cannot understand us and guide them to let us go on.”

Her father rolled down the window and began speaking to the men in Spanish. One of the rebels began trying to talk to Margene’s mother, but she couldn’t understand him. While she was quite capable of speaking and understanding Spanish, Margene started saying in English, “We don’t understand.” She leaned out the window on her father’s side and kept saying. “We don’t understand.”

One of the guerillas motioned for them to move on, but another one jumped in front of the car with his rifle pointed at both parents. Once more Margene screamed in English, “We don’t understand.”

The leader of the rebel turned to the other men and said in Spanish, “They are tourists. They don’t understand. Let them go.” They waved the car on.

Margene realized that God had answered her prayer in exactly the way she asked. For reasons that she couldn’t explain, Margene had spoken in English when she was quite capable of speaking Spanish. The guerillas were confused and ended up  being the ones who didn’t understand. The results were exactly the same as had happened with Brother Andrew.  It was truly a miracle that they had escaped and survived.

The lesson? When you pray, be open to all the possibilities, even ones that seem impossible. Just remember. Miracles never cease.

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