The word pictures in this article are vivid – reader discretion is advised.
What Just Happened?
How did I get here?
After working the night shift I was heading home in the early morning on slippery roads I had traveled many times before. Ahead, at the railroad crossing, the divided four lane paved road changed to a two lane gravel road.
The driver in the center lane beside me would not let me change lanes. He slowed when I tried to get behind him and sped up when I tried to get ahead of him. I attempted a lane change one more time.
In the midst of changing lanes, just as I crossed the tracks, my car slid into the oncoming traffic. Narrowly avoiding an oncoming car I quickly swerved my car back to my side of the road. One of my tires caught the deeper snow on the roadside, throwing the car into a spin.
A sick feeling swept over me as instantly I realized I had completely lost control of my car and was now just along for the ride.
Another tire bit into the snow. The car launched off the ground, spun on its nose and crashed down on its roof. Upside down, the car swiftly tobogganed backwards into the deeper snow.
POW! Snow burst through the rear window.
A quick thought crossed my mind, as I lay on the ceiling – a ton of snow rapidly filling the car; “Is this the end?”
Suddenly, everything stopped and I found myself trapped inside my overturned car full of snow.
Someone with heavy work boots came running up to the driver’s window. Thinking the car was about to burst into flames, I shouted; “Kick the window!”
Boom! A second shower of shattered glass flew at me and I quickly scrambled through the opening.
As I stood up I asked if anyone else had been involved in the accident, and did anyone see the guy that ran me off the road?
One of the bystanders asked if there was anyone still in the car.
Another said I was bleeding a little and that I should go into a nearby warehouse and ask if they have a first aid kit.
I hurried over and was met at the door by a trained in first aid person who had already grabbed his kit intent on coming to the car to do what he could for those inside. I assured him I was the only one. He looked me over and called the police for me while I called my wife of less than one year, to tell her what had happened.
The police arrived just as I returned to my car. He called for a tow truck and started to collect information from me and some of the witnesses.
Less than half an hour later the tow truck arrived. Standing there watching my car being put back on its wheels – I asked myself; “What just happened?”
The tow truck towed my wrecked car home as the police officer and I followed.
41 years ago, and many other times, I came within a hare’s breath of tragedy.
We’ve all been there. A different decision or a split second either way, and our story would be completely different.
The Bible has a couple of things to say about this.
We are not to live fearful about the future. 2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJ); For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
Yet we are cautioned to be sensible about what to expect about tomorrow. Proverbs 27 (NIV); Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.