I haven’t written in such a long time that I may not have any friends left. It has been a busy season of life, but I know that is true for everyone and I must not use busyness as an excuse for not attending to things that are important. The other day I found myself craving some time to write, phrasing in my head what I would say about this or that. All of these great analyses and one-liners go through my head while I am on the move and then when I sit at the computer I think: “Now, what was that?”
car accident—On a dark and rainy morning as I was heading to work a semi truck with 2 trailers hit the back end of my car as it (the truck) changed lanes. The impact sent my car spinning in loop-de-loops across 3 lanes of freeway and the grassy median strip and into the first lane of oncoming traffic. I didn’t know what had happened, if I had hit an oil slick or if the bottom of my car had fallen out or if I had been hit by something. As I was holding onto the steering wheel and swinging on the freeway I cried out, “Oh, Lord, HELP me!” and He did. I remember seeing the lights of cars coming towards me as I went sideways across the freeway. I was able to let go of the wheel and get the car to a stop across the median when I reached the oncoming traffic. Amazingly, they were able to swerve around my car. I thought I was in imminent danger of being hit so I got out of the car and ran around it to see what had happened. I didn’t know what to do. I remember feeling so alone; no one was stopping to help or to tell me what I should do. I wondered if I should just get back in the car and drive off. I didn’t know if the car was operable, but I knew I needed to get it out of the freeway traffic or there would be another accident for sure. So I got back in the van and drove it back over the median strip and along the shoulder. Up ahead I saw a truck pulled over and I came alongside. The driver was on his cell. “Are you alright?” he asked. By now I was feeling the exultant relief of protection and preservation and the incredible awareness that on my reckless spin across the traffic no one else had been hit or had hit me. I was so thankful!! The truck driver said, “I thought it would be a lot worse.” I told him I had prayed and that the Lord had answered my prayer. When I asked the trucker if he had seen what happened he said “yes”. Then I asked if someone had hit me. He said “yes”. When I asked him if he saw who, he said “I did.” He said he hadn’t seen me over his hood as he changed lanes although I had my lights on. I was pretty shocked by then and had trouble getting the relevant information from his insurance card, but my overwhelming sense as I drove on toward my job was elation at the protection I had been given by the Lord. When I talked to the trucking company later in the morning the owner said, “Boy, Someone was sure watching out for you today.” I know. I know. I was overjoyed with His protection, and thankful that my granddaughter whom I was on my way to pick up wasn’t in the car yet. I also determined to be the kind of person who stopped to help if someone was in trouble.
I have daily reminders of this as I drive past the spot to work each day.
Halloween: a dinosaur, a ladybug, and an elephant--
Audrey born—On November 1, our granddaughter Audrey was born, healthy and beautiful!
In November we celebrated 2 daughters’ birthdays and my husband’s birthday as well as Thanksgiving. Lots of get-togethers!
Although I had planned to get all caught up through January in my writing today, I think I will stop here and come back to it later.
At the moment I am feeling antsy to get some laundry and tidying up done for the next week. Tech Guy’s family is gathering here next weekend and I want to be prepared with the house in order…
Have a great first week in February!