During this first week of school, my daughter has enjoyed sporting around in our new-to-us Volvo C70 convertible. It’s Celestial Blue Metallic, and if I must say, it is a sweet ride!
Tuesday afternoon, I picked my daughter up from school and proceeded down the road to meet my oldest daughter at the grocery store. My youngest daughter and I talked for a bit on our drive, then enjoyed listening to the soft music playing on the radio. As a black SUV approached, I was feeling content with life. Everything was right in my world at that moment in time.
All of a sudden, this SUV started coming into my lane! We were about to get hit head-on!
My immediate reaction was to get out of their way! With my right hand gripping the bottom of the steering wheel, I snatched the wheel to the right to get us out of the SUV’s path. When I did, the car went too close to the edge of the road. Fearing that we were going to go off the side of the road, I snatched the wheel to the left. My daughter looked up after feeling the car shifting directions and said in a very weak voice, “Mama …”
As her voice trailed off, it was as if the hand of God reached down and took the wheel. I’m not copying the famous Country song when I tell you this either. Our car immediately veered to the right, straightened up, and we were out of harm’s way within mere seconds.
I did not even hesitate when the car straightened up. I started thanking God for protecting us from an accident! I know without a doubt that GOD saved my daughter and I that day.
Trying not to show my anxiety, I continued thanking God and proceeded on to the grocery store.
When I walked in, trying to hide my legs which felt more like limp noodles, my oldest daughter took one look at my face. Her eyes widened and her mouth dropped open as she asked, “What’s wrong?” I told her what just happened and how God protected us. Then we started discussing the grocery items we needed.
I was not making light of what happened by only focusing on it for a moment. I was intentionally trying not to upset my daughters with the details of what could have been.
Later that evening, I’ll admit that I had flash backs of an earlier accident I had when I was 18 years old. I was driving an older Volkswagen at that time, and when the tire blew out, the vehicle went to the right, left, then right again as we went into a full fishtail. Losing control on the wet pavement, our top heavy Volkswagen went airborne where we flipped six times, landing in the middle of a field. God saved my sister and I at that time, too. Without a doubt! We walked away with me having a fractured vertebrae in my lower back, and my sister with scrapes and bruises. I thank God for sparing our lives back then, too! He saved us!
No one knows the hour we will be called home. Just like on that Summer day when I was just 18 years old and fast forward 26 years to this week when we had a near miss, it can all happen in a split second. We didn’t plan on that accident 26 years ago, and we certainly didn’t plan on this close call this week either. As my grandma used to say, “We need to make sure we’re prayed up, packed up, and ready to go.”
Friend, do you know Him? Have you asked Jesus to come into your heart and life? If you haven’t please, I encourage you, do so today! In the blink of an eye, your entire world can change. Give your heart to Jesus today!