An Answered Prayer
Captain Johnson was a Christian serving on an island in the South Pacific during the second World War. While some soldiers were returning to their base after a successful mission, their army plane began to lose altitude. As the engines seemed to fade out, the crew found themselves over an island on which they were able to make a safe landing.
Later the men learned that the enemy was just half a mile in each direction, yet their landing had not been discovered.
The staff sergeant approached Captain Johnson, and said, "Captain, you have been telling us for monthsof the need of praying and believing that God will answer our prayers. Now is your chance to prove what you have been preaching. We're out of gas for our plane. The base is several hundred miles away. We are almost surrounded by the enemy."
Captain Johnson immediately began to pray and claim promises from the Scriptures such as, "Before they call I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear" (Isaiah 65:24). Would God help them?
All Afternoon Captain Johnson was on his knees, and as he prayed he was assured that God would work a miracle - send them gas and get them free from enemy territory. Night came and the crew slept, but Johnson continued to pray.
About two o'clock in the morning the Staff Sergeant was strangely awakened. He got up and walked to the edge of the water. There on the beach he discovered a barge which had drifted into shore. On it were fifty barrels containing high octane gasoline! A few hours later the crew reached their base safely.
Later the crew found out that some time before, the skipper of a U.S. tanker, finding his ship in submarine-in-fested seas, had his gasoline cargo removed so as to minimize the danger in case his ship was hit by a torpedo. The barrels of gasoline were put adrift 600 miles from where Captain Johnson and the plane crew were forced down. God had navigated one of the barges through wind and current for 600 miles and beached it fifty steps from the stranded men! What a miracle!
"Stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God" (Job 37:14).
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