Or, at least in the hospital.
I didn’t notice the red pick-up truck until a split second before things started to fall.
I was reaching forward to change the radio station, and hadn’t even fully finished turning out of our subdivision when I saw the red truck coming the other way—then suddenly lose control and veer off of the street.
Everything that followed happened so quickly.
The truck crashed head-on into the power pole right across the street from me, then flipped and started to roll down the hill. Momentarily distracted by the scene, I didn’t notice the power pole falling until the disconnected power lines fell all across my car with flurries of sparks. In shock, I turned again to look at the truck, but instead saw the huge power pole falling straight for my driver’s side door. I heard it make contact, saw the cables ensnaring the front of the vehicle, and sat immobile in shock. Then I heard a quiet, calm voice, say, “Keep driving.”
I pushed down on the gas and somehow—I have no idea how—drove straight forward and out of the reach of the falling timber and electrical lines.
I know the lines and pole made contact. I heard them. I had been momentarily paralyzed. Yet, when I pulled over—hyperventilating and breathless a bit further down the road—I climbed out of the car to find that not only was I alright, but the car was completely unscathed.
I can’t explain it, other than to say that it was a God thing. Otherwise, the story is too crazy to be true.
The neighbors rushed over to my house where my brother was enjoying summer vacation, and told him to come quickly—that I had been in an accident. People who saw it thought that I could not have made it out the other side. The power pole should have crushed me. The sparks should have caught on the car. The power cables should have made it impossible to drive forward.
But I did.
So today, I’m thanking God for His protection and provision. For His presence everywhere, all the time. For His great love, and calm in the midst of my storm.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified, for the Lord your God goes with you. He will never leave you nor forsake you.” ~ Deuteronomy 31:6