I should have a song of praise everyday, for God has given me breath! But today is extra special to me.
Because yesterday I experienced my first-ever car accident.
But fear ye not, for my sake! I walked away unscathed, praise God. He was with me all the way. :]
I was on my way to work, driving on the interstate and nearly two miles from the destined exit, when I realized with dread that my little Nissan Xterra was jiggling more than usual. Then suddenly, I heard a pop, and I lost control, swerving right-left-right and finally skidding a full 360 before slamming into the guard rail on the left-hand side, facing NORTH in a SOUTH-bound lane. If that rail hadn't existed, I know I would have been tumbling into the trees. (I'm still seeing just how much God has blessed me. Doesn't it feel good to be loved?) :]
Shocked and shaken, I grabbed my phone and called home, reaching my sister Julia. I relayed what had happened, probably causing momentary panic to my family, before assuring them I was fine. They hopped in the big Dragon (our Ford van) and headed my way. I then called 911 and explained my situation, then sat in the back of my car to wait while cars sped by way too close for comfort. But I wasn't going anywhere--didn't know what else to do but stay put. A man must have seen what had happened, for he stopped to check if I was alright, bless 'im. I gave him a thumbs up and he left after seeing me punching in the emergency numbers.
At long last, a state trooper arrived and moved my vehicle safely to the right shoulder and out of the line of traffic just as the rest of my family pulled up behind. We then limped slowly to the Cleveland exit, where my brother changed the tire and paperwork was sorted out. My mother and sisters took me to LifeWay and I finished the day at work, coming in only about an hour late. :] (If I hadn't gone in to work, I would have most likely bawled all the day long. And I admit, I was pretty shaky.)
Anyway, I am so thankful for the prayers and concerns of my friends, family, and co-workers. But even more grateful to my Lord for his protection. Truly, I am very well, not even the least bit sore!
And that's my tale of adventure for the YEAR. Haha! Well, at least that kind of adventure. I'd rather not repeat it. . . Ever.
Maybe Gandalf will stop by next time adventure calls.