is a country on the Balkan
peninsula of Southern Europe. Bordered by Croatia to the north, west and south, Serbia to the east, and Montenegro to the south, Bosnia-Herzegovina is mostly
landlocked, except for 26 kilometers (16 miles) of the Adriatic Sea coastline, centered around
the town of Neum. The interior
of the country is mountainous in the center and south, hilly in the northwest,
and flat in the northeast. The nation’s
capital and largest city is Sarajevo,
seated between several high mountains, and was thus the host of the 1984 Winter
Olympic Games. Formerly one of the six
federal units constituting the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia,
Bosnia-Herzegovina gained its independence during the Yugoslav wars of the
in much of Bosnia-Herzegovina is at times very dangerous because of the
mountainous terrain and narrow roads.
These roads become even more treacherous in bad weather. Many of the mountain roads have no guardrails
to protect cars from falling off the mountain.
November 2005, a missionary was driving through the mountains of Northern
Bosnia–Herzegovina with a couple of pastors.
They were on their way to a conference.
The weather was cold and rainy, so they were driving slowly and more
cautiously than they would have been in better weather.
they came around a curve, their vehicle ran across a slippery spot in the
road. The car started to slide sideways
toward the edge of the mountain. From
there, it was a 40-foot drop-off with jagged rocks and a river at the bottom.
the vehicle began to slide out of control, they all cried out, “Jesus!” The car hit the guardrail with the front
bumper, then the side and back of the vehicle hit as it bounced along the guardrail. The impact with the guardrail pushed the car
back onto the road.
missionary and the men with him found a safe place to pull over on the side of
the road, then got out of the car to take a look. First of all, they were amazed that there
even was a guardrail there. Even more
amazing was that the guardrail appeared to be new.
they checked out the car. The entire
side of the car had hit the guardrail, but they could only find a few scratches
on the front and rear bumpers—there was no damage at all to the side of the
vehicle. It seemed as though there had
been some type of invisible shield across the side of the vehicle protecting
them and keeping them from going through or over the guardrail and falling down
onto the sharp rocks and into the river.
remembered Psalm 34:7, which says, “The angel of the Lord encampeth
round about them that fear him, and delivereth
them.” They know that the Lord
miraculously protected them that day, sparing them from injury and possibly
even death. They are grateful for the
Lord’s promise to watch over and protect those who love Him!