Roger Simms, hitchhiking his way home, would never forget the date--May 7. His heavy
suitcase made Roger tired. He was anxious to take off his army uniform once and for all.
Flashing the hitchhiking sign to the oncoming car, he lost hope when he saw it was a
black, sleek, new Cadillac. To his surprise the car stopped. The passenger door opened. He
ran toward the car, tossed his suitcase in the back, and thanked the handsome,
well-dressed man as he slid into the front seat. "Going home for keeps?"
"Sure am," Roger responded. "Well, you're in luck if you're going to
Chicago." "Not quite that far. Do you live in Chicago?" "I have a
business there. My name is Hanover." After talking about many things, Roger, a
Christian, felt a compulsion to witness to this fifty-ish, apparently successful
businessman about Christ. But he kept putting it off, till he realized he was just thirty
minutes from his home. It was now or never. So, Roger cleared his throat, "Mr.
Hanover, I would like to talk to you about something very important." He then
proceeded to explain the way of salvation, ultimately asking Mr. Hanover if he would like
to receive Christ as his Savior. To Roger's astonishment the Cadillac pulled over to the
side of the road. Roger thought he was going to be ejected from the car. But the
businessman bowed his head and received Christ, then thanked Roger. "This is the
greatest thing that has ever happened to me."
Five years went by, Roger married, had a two-year-old boy, and a business of his own.
Packing his suitcase for a business trip to Chicago, he found the small, white business
card Hanover had given him five years before. In Chicago he looked up Hanover Enterprises.
A receptionist told him it was impossible to see Mr. Hanover, but he could see Mrs.
Hanover. A little confused as to what was going on, he was ushered into a lovely office
and found himself facing a keen-eyed woman in her fifties. She extended her hand.
"You knew my husband?" Roger told how her husband had given him a ride when
hitchhiking home after the war. "Can you tell me when that was?" "It was
May 7, five years ago, the day I was discharged from the army." "Anything
special about that day?" Roger hesitated. Should he mention giving his witness? Since
he had come so far, he might as well take the plunge. "Mrs. Hanover, I explained the
gospel. He pulled over to the side of the road and wept against the steering wheel. He
gave his life to Christ that day." Explosive sobs shook her body. Getting a grip on
herself, she sobbed, "I had prayed for my husband's salvation for years. I believed
God would save him." "And," said Roger, "Where is your husband,
Hanover?" "He's dead," she wept, struggling with words. "He was in a a
car crash after he let you out of the car. He never got home. You see--I thought God had
not kept His promise." Sobbing uncontrollably, she added, "I stopped living for
God five years ago because I thought He had not kept His word!"
J.Kirk Johnston, Why Christians Sin, Discovery House,
1992, p. 39-41.
Missionary statesman Hudson Taylor had complete trust in God's faithfulness. In his
journal he wrote: Our heavenly Father is a very experienced One. He knows very well that
His children wake up with a good appetite every morning...He sustained 3 million
Israelites in the wilderness for 40 years. We do not expect He will send 3 million
missionaries to China; but if He did, He would have ample means to sustain them
all...Depend on it, God's work done in God's way will never lack God's supply.
Our Daily Bread, May 16, 1992.
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