He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us. (2 Cor. 1:10)

Jesus walked down a rose strewn path, holding the young woman’s hand. She had no doubt it was Jesus, and she said, “Lord, I don’t want to go home yet. I have writing to do, and I want to see my daughter marry a Christian man. Please don’t take me to heaven yet.” They strolled down the path smelling the beautiful scents.

Then she heard a familiar voice. “I’m here to take your blood.” It was the nurse.

“What?” she thought. “It must be morning.” She tried to open her eyes, but they felt as if they were glued shut. When they did open, she saw the nurse taking blood from her arm.

She came out of her coma, and with garbled speech she said, “Tell my husband to come and see me after church!”

The nurse ran from the room. Soon, the woman was conscious of hospital personnel surrounding her bed.

“Welcome home,” someone said. “You just woke up from a long sleep.” She knew it was God who allowed her to wake up. She could almost feel His hand in hers. It was a miracle.

Like Paul, the woman knew God had delivered her from peril. She knew her hope rested in God, and He would deliver again.

Have hope and know God will bring deliverance.

Shirley A. Reynolds lives in a rural community, teaches elementary children at her church, and enjoys riding her ATV in the back woods.