The mass exodus of vehicles over two miles long crawl out of Phoenix on the Arizona Interstate. Vehicle after vehicle, bumpers almost touching, inch past the many Saguaro cactus plants that decorate the barren mountain ridge. People look uncomfortable in the dry heat. Warning signs caution drivers to shut off air conditioners before the steep mountain climb. I sense panic. Fear fills the air like a nasty fog.
It is a scene from The Last Days. People scurry to get out of town; they seek relief. Independent people concerned only for their lives. Don’t interrupt their rhythm as they creep forward at a snail’s pace to find safety.
But it is not The Last Days. An accident three miles ahead causes the stall. I'm the one that is scared. I am vulnerable, not to mention hot. Our car is parked off the side of the road, overheated, while we watch the long procession heading north without us.
All this traffic! Where are all these folks coming from?
Trump’s political rally just ended an hour ago. It’s brutal on this winding highway. These folks are purpose driven; some young guys use foul language and hand signals.
My companion and I wait. Her car, the more reliable one, let us down today! We’re surprised to be stranded when just hours before, we remember laughing at breakfast and shopping in the mall with friends.
The car starts to cool down, as well as our nerves.
I envisage my daughter who sends me text messages to pray 911 prayers in her drama. I think to myself: “Let’s reverse this; time for mom's drama now!”
I text her: “AAA Prayer,” I write, adding on: “Overheating in 90 degrees on I-17.”
We check the fluids; they are plentiful and we turn on the car. The needle indicates normal temperature. Someone gives us a break and we merge into the slow traffic. We drive the rest of the way safely.
It’s a freaky thing that happened with the car that sunny Saturday, thermostat checks ok; water pump checks ok. All I know is that we sent an SOS prayer and we were rescued quickly as we climbed the mountain to home.
She’s a no nonsense prayer warrior, that girl of mine. And that needle on the water temperature gauge didn’t dare budge toward danger at her command!
The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power
and produces wonderful results. James 5:16