Because Brandon and Beth would live with Nanny until their house was ready for occupation, the couple sold or gave away almost everything they owned. They took only personal possessions, their bed, and a few other things. They were delighted to be a blessing to friends who needed the things they couldn’t take with them.
The court date concerning their overdue medical bills arrived. Brandon explained why they hadn’t been able to make payments. He stated that his family was moving and would need all their available cash for the trip. The judge – as well as the representative from the collection agency – agreed. Brandon was ordered to make small payments as soon as possible. The judge let it go at that.
Their assets were ordered unfrozen. Because they had not been able to access their money, they now had all they needed to pay for the trip across country. We saw the Lord’s hand in this.
Brandon’s Uncle Tommy flew out so he could drive one of their vehicles to Pennsylvania. Being the more experienced driver, he drove the van which towed the U-Haul with their remaining possessions. Brandon, Beth, and the children followed in their SUV.
Everything went well until they got to Wyoming. Shortly after they got on the freeway, they found themselves in a blizzard. The van hit a patch of black ice and began to spin. Brandon and Beth watched the vehicle make a “720” (circled twice!) in the meridian. Amazingly enough, Tommy was not hurt. Neither the van nor the U-Haul were damaged either. They were thankful that the road was clear of any other traffic.
Beth called with the news while they were waiting for a tow truck. We contacted our prayer team, and began to ask the Lord to blow the bad weather away before them. The next morning, all storms between them and Pennsylvania cleared.
On the last leg of their journey, Beth called me. She said, “Mom, the battery in my camera is dead. I can’t take a picture.”
“A picture of what?” I asked.
“This is the craziest thing ever, Mom. The road we are driving on is as dry as a bone. All the cars going the other way have their windshield wipers on because it’s pouring on that side of the freeway,” she exclaimed.
God answered our prayers with a beautiful show of His sovereignty.
I wish I could say this is a “Happily Ever After” ending to this story. It’s going to be, but is not so just yet.
Brandon’s hometown experience was much less than he’d hoped for. Churches who do not believe stories like the one I’ve been telling are of little help to someone who is in the process of being delivered by the Lord. The folks there loved them, but were not equipped to come alongside them and show them the way to freedom. They were mostly on their own.
One week before I was scheduled to present the story you’ve just read, Brandon went to a friend’s house and got drunk.
Not just a little bit, either.
His blood alcohol level was 533.
He should have died.
Because he didn’t have identification (again), when he was taken to the hospital, they ran numerous tests to figure out what the damages were.
Among them was another MRI. His brain…?
Strongholds do not always go away in an instant. The heart is new, instead of the old stony one, but the mind needs renewal, and that is a process, as I’ve learned from my own life. The Lord has work yet to do, and is faithfully working on Brandon’s complete transformation.
In July, the Lord moved them to my town. Once again, God’s hand was visible in their finances.
Beth worked in Pennsylvania as a bus driver. Unwittingly, the company only paid her for two of the three days per week that she worked. The error came to light only weeks before they hoped to make the move to California.
A check was cut – exactly what was needed to pay for a U-Haul trailer!
When Beth’s final paycheck was deposited into their account, they watched their pennies. It was going to be a very lean trip…there wasn’t much money for gas or food.
Brandon went to the bank to withdraw a bit – then called Beth to tell her that there was more money than she thought…by a few hundred dollars. Confused, she called the bank to point out their error.
When the bank assured her that no error was made, Beth called her boss. He said, “Surprise! We gave you a bonus for your excellent work!”
Where God guides, He provides. Why do we expect Him to do anything less?
Now that they are here, many wonderful men have come alongside him and are being used of the Lord to lead Brandon into all truth.
My unspoken prayer request from last month is for his upcoming court appearance for prowling, resisting arrest, and stealing a patrol car. I didn’t mean to be dramatic, but had not been released to tell this story at that time…and prayer IS needed for the situation. There are other strongholds that need to be destroyed, as well. Thank you for your prayers for this family.
Although I can’t see the end with my eyes, I have faith; which is the assurance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things not yet seen.
God never begins anything He doesn’t intend to finish, so this isn’t over…
…not by a long shot!
Jesus is always victorious!
This story has left us all with much to digest. On Monday, I’ll give a recap of the things we learned along the way. This was, by far, the greatest lesson learned by heart at the feet of Jesus, for there was no other way we would have made it through these events without His ever-present guidance and encouragement. Thank you for letting me share our story with you.
We serve a mighty God! This story begins here: You Need to Read This
Part 2: Faith Like Potatoes
Part 3: Get Me Out of Here
Part 4: Where God Guides
Part 5: Stranger Than Fiction
Part 6: There Will Be More Than One
Part 7: Not Over Yet
Part 8: Our Tenacious Enemy
Part 9: What On Earth?