Hi. On the way to work today, I was hit by a truck. I’m serious. It wasn’t bad, really. I am totally fine. But it happened at an intersection where i ALWAYS watch to make sure the left lane people all know they have to turn. You know, it’s like I think I can actually make them all behave, or something. I’ve seen so many “near misses” at that very place in the past. Well, unfortunately, today it wasn’t working for me – I was singing along, worshipping – not really distracted so much as so happy in Jesus, and actually forgot to look next to me to make sure they were all turning left. Because that’s where I was going – left. Well, by the time I remembered to check to my left, it was too late. Fortunately, the hit was to my left bumper, and did not impair my driving. We both pulled over, into a car dealership parking lot, and assessed the damage. exchanged information. made a call to her insurance. etc.
I’ve thought a lot about this. Actually, just yesterday at lunch with my co-workers, we had a discussion about car accidents. My last one? my only other one, actually – 17 years ago. totalled my car, uninsured driver hit me, got ticketed, but I was the one left having to buy a new vehicle. And this morning, I had another. During the day today, I felt a bit like whining – such an inconvenience to get the car fixed, deal with insurance, etc. But, even with that small desire trying to crop up to complain, I was overwhelmed with gratitude for being ok. overwhelmed. Like I could have been really hurt,and I wasn’t. I escaped. God allowed me to escape. I am overflowing with thankfulness! I often, especially when all the kids were little and still home, would just bubble over with joy and thankfulness at moments when I realized all were under my roof, and all were ok. Such gratefulness at God’s goodness. I felt that again this morning.
Let me tell you a bit about the woman who hit me. It obviously was an accident. Literally. She didn’t know she could only turn left from that lane, she missed all the signs, and she was so sorry, and so contrite, took full responsibility, and told her insurance company exactly that. But there was an underlying sadness in her. Maybe sadness isn’t the word. I can’t exactly explain it, but I believe God allowed me to see her as He sees her. I had no idea if she has a relationship with Him , but I was very aware that I was to react as He would. The whole half hour went so well, as we were getting ready to leave, she hugged me. amazing. I found myself praying for her throughout the day.
And on the way home, I found myself calling her to see how her day went. She was so thankful that I had been so kind to her, and I gushed all over about how she didn’t shirk responsibility and how much I appreciated that. She told me it was the right thing to do. I told her that thanking her, and appreciating her doing the right thing was also the right thing for me to do. So, of course, then I had to invite her to come to Bible study! I just told her that I would be so thankful if she would consider coming. She said she would. Consider it, that is. I really think she needs God. I think she needs fellowship. I know I just needed to ask her. So, will you join me in praying that the Lord would woo her to Him? That He would prompt her to think often about this Bible study, and maybe soften her heart so that she would come? Then maybe there would be some fruit from this day, this accident. Thanks for letting me share. Remember I told you I didn’t feel comfortable with this blog being all about me? Well, if we each pray for this woman, this Amber, tonight, then wouldn’t it really all about Him?
This had been my verse this morning…..”We have known and believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.” 1 John 4:16
His blessings to you – and drive carefully!