August 26, 2012

Close Call

Just the other day I was heading home from work, minding my own business watching the road ahead of me.  Then, suddenly, I realized that one of the oncoming vehicles was driving rather oddly.  At first I didn't think anything of it.  But as the seconds ticked by the car began to veer off proper trajectory and into my lane.

Having been through three accidents, none of which were my fault, and still suffering from physical injuries I was instantly on edge.  Should I honk? Should I hit the breaks and hope no one behind me was too close?  Should I veer to the right and try to avoid a collision?  Should I speed up and hope to beat the vehicle's path?

All in just a few seconds I had deduced that honking would be futile, stopping would be stupid since the vehicles behind me were too close, and speeding up would just make a collision more painful. So I opted to veer right.

Let me tell you that my heart was in my throat and the adrenalin in my body was so strong that my legs were burning.  I cannot remember the last time I was so frightened.  I could see that the driver's head was up but didn't seem to see what was directly in front of him.  And then, at the last possible second, the driver noticed he was on a collision course with me and veered back into his lane.

As we passed each other I noticed two things:  he had just tossed a small, shiny device onto the passenger seat and the driver's behind me had slowed down to give me more room.  Apparently I wasn't the only one thinking there was going to be a bad stop.

And that's when it hit me.  The small shiny device was a cell phone.  The driver hadn't been talking or holding anything up to his ear but he wasn't looking up either.  He was texting.


I have seen this so many times before and, more recently, people texting with the cell phone below the car windows.  

In my state it is now illegal to be doing that in the car.  You must have blue tooth or some wireless, hands-off way of communicating.  Or course the poor cops have a lot on their plate so they don't make too many arrests for this.

It took me several minutes to calm down.  God had just saved me from something truly terrible.  It would have been an awful head-on collision even with me veering away.  There was just no time to act.  You can bet I was praising God and thanking Him for His mercy.

But that's how life is, isn't it? We can be minding our own business and somewhere someone else will do something wrong: hijack a plane, shoot a movie theater audience, drink and drive, etc.  We never know what tomorrow might bring.  Today may be all we have.  

The Bible says in Ephesians 4:26 that we should never go to bed angry.  Some days its easier to obey this wisdom than others.  But its certainly healthier to let anger go and give it to God for safe keeping at any time of any day.  And the more we practice doing it the easier it becomes.  Not perfectly easy  but it will be easier to react in your heart in a way that is healthy and pleasing to God.  

At least this is the lesson He seems to be teaching me.  I never talk on my cell phone or text while driving because I know from experience how even one second of distraction can be disastrous.  I don't ever want that on my conscience.  I can only hope the oncoming driver will be more careful from now on.

So as we go into a new week please be careful and be safe on the roads!  God definitely looks out for His children.  God bless!   


Parsley said...

Oh my word! I'm glad you are okay! When will people stop texting and driving?! Not worth it!

Rissi said...

I am so glad you were okay, Sincerity and nothing happened. Texting is NOT something anyone should do with driving. I hope that jarred the driver and he won't be doing that anymore.


Parsley: Thanks. Me too. :) Unfortunately I think many people are too addicted to their cell phones/smart phones. Its quite a problem.

Rissi: Thank you. I hope he thinks twice too before someone gets hurt.

Denise said...

Praising God that you are safe.

Brenda said...

Hi Sincerity,
I was so glad that the Lord put the right decision in your head, which probably distracted the oncoming driver to look up in time. Here in the UK it is illegal to be on a phone while driving, but it is amazing how many people do it. There should be something required by law to be placed in every phone that when a vehicles engine is switched on the phone automatically is disconnected. I am surprised that someone has not invented it yet.

Kerin said...

Oh my goodness.. what a scare!
I hope it scared the other driver too!
Hope it scared the pee out of him, and hopefully, he will change his ways!

How irresponsible to text and drive!

Miracles happen every day, and you certainly were blessed with one, and not involved in what could have been a terrible accident.



Denise: Thank you! God is so good.

Brenda: Looks like its a world-wide problem. But you have a great idea! Hopefully something like it is done one day. :)

Kerin: Welcome and thank you. Yeah... I think it scared him too. Perhaps he will be more careful now.

Furry Bottoms said...

cell phones and texting while driving MAKES ME MAD!!!! I don't care who you think you are. DO NOT TEXT OR EVEN BE ON THE PHONE when you're driving!! Grrr.