Ahead, on the road shoulder, two flashing lights catch my attention. It's some type of delivery truck with the flashing hazard lights on. Without warning, the light of my low beam headlights reveal a large, brown shape lying in the center of my lane.
My brain screams,"DEER!"
My eyes search for oncoming traffic. None. The car literally seems to jump sideways even though I am not aware of having turned the steering wheel. I feel the right front tire graze something. At the same time, the car slips sideways slightly. However, lightning fast reflexes turn the steering wheel slightly to the right. The car's front end swings right and the back end stops sliding.
Now, I am heading south, BUT I am in the northbound lane. My hand seems to be moving independently and steers the car back into the southbound lane as I take a deep breath. Suddenly, I am aware that I have been holding my breath. Shakily, I let out the oxygen depleted air and take a deep breath to calm my frantically beating heart. Safe.
Then, I realized that I was still holding my phone in my right hand.
Yes, the entire incident happened in a split second, AND I was holding my phone in my right hand the whole time. Why?
I had wanted to call my husband and tell him I was on my way home. Normally, I call him while the car is still parked. Tonight, I forgot until I was on the road. I hadn't wanted to stop on the road shoulder in the dark to call. However, I am not writing this to tell you about my poor choice.
I am writing this to praise God and Jesus for protecting me from a potential disaster.
Thank-you Jesus, from the bottom of my heart for keeping me safe. You kept a crowd from stoning an adulterous woman. Thank-you for keeping me safe from the consequence of my action just as you did for her.
Thank-you Jesus, for giving me a wise counselor who can tell my reflexes what to do instantaneously, without thought on my part.
Jesus, you calmed a storm, walked on water, fed 5,000 people with a few loaves of bread and fish, and turned water into wine. Miracles are your business. Thank-you for intervening in my life and for keeping me safe.
Thank-you Father God, for arranging the timing so that no one else was involved in this incident. I know you have a plan for my life, just as you had a plan for Jesus' life.
Thank-you Jesus for being faithful to God's will. I will continue to be faithful to his will and to your will. My life is yours, to do with as you will. I am your grateful servant.
who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.
1 Peter 1:5 NIV