SPARED FROM A POSSIBLE CAR ACCIDENT
By: Norm Rasmussen
In the fall of 2006, I had some ministry errands to run. Cool rain was coming down hard when I left my house. It was about 1 P.M. As most know who drive in bigger cities, people leaving lunch late and getting back to work on time on Friday's ' stressed out from the work-week ' raining hard out with wet road surfaces ' odds increase greatly of car accidents happening at that time of the day. One wants to stay on high alert for possible accidents because of other rushed-stressed drivers.
One thing God taught me a number of years ago is to pray first thing in the morning, so I don't forget, the 'Lord's Prayer Model.' (See: Matthew 6:9-13). Along with the other important guidelines of the "Lord's Prayer," I ask God to keep my entire family, siblings and grandchildren from evil, believing there is everything to gain and absolutely nothing to lose by doing so. (There have been times when I neglected to ask for God's protection on a given day, and over time I began to realize it was on those days when things went bad, bad, bad, and it was beyond mere coincidence).
Five minutes away from home, I stopped at a major intersection. A heavy foreboding - almost fear and paranoia - feeling, came over me. I just had a very strong sense that I should pray an extra measure of protection over my car. So, out loud (very important!), I pleaded the blood of Jesus over my car, and again, a second time that day, asked God to protect me and keep me and my car from any evil.
I turned left at the intersection and started driving east. After about five minutes, most of my 'foreboding feeling' of having a car accident had left me. My destination was a restaurant. I had some Words Of Hope Christian devotional booklets I planned on dropping off there.
I was in the right hand lane. As I approached the restaurant up ahead, I observed a vehicle behind me ' there was plenty of distance between us at first glance, but upon taking a second look, I realized the vehicle appeared to be speeding up, rather than staying at a constant speed, so I thought to be on the safe side, I had better turn my right hand turn signal on sooner than what would normally be considered sufficient time for the vehicle behind me to begin slowing down. I also quickly saw that at least two cars were in the left lane and this vehicle behind me was probably not going to be able to swerve over to the left lane at the last second and keep from rear-ending me when I would pull into the restaurant driveway.
Realizing that I was about to get rear-ended if I slowed down at all, I actually turned off my turn signal and started accelerating. I would just go on past the restaurant and turn around and come back so I wouldn't get hit.
Checking quickly again in my review mirror to then see how close the vehicle behind me was ' it was no longer there! I thought to myself: Where in the world did it go?! It isn't in the left lane!
Then I looked out to right side of my car to see the vehicle veering across a driveway just west of the restaurant I was going to drop the booklets off at ' not slowing down whatsoever that I was able to see ' hit a concrete driveway curb ' bounced up into the air ' continuing across a short strip of grass ' then plowed into a row of cars parked on the west side of the restaurant belonging to customers eating in the restaurant. My guess is that the impact was about 35-45 miles an hour. I assumed either the brakes had gone out on the vehicle, or something had happened to the driver of the van and he/she was unaware of what was even happening.
After quickly praying for the occupant of the vehicle and maybe anyone hurt in the parked cars ' and thanking God for protecting me! ' I continued to keep driving past the restaurant, then turned around and went back to see what I could do to help. People were stopping and people were running out of the restaurant moments only after the accident had happened, so I wasn't needed in that capacity. Police and an E-Unit arrived shortly thereafter. (I checked with the manager of the restaurant a few days later, but he had no details of the accident, though he too assumed the driver of the vehicle had lost his brakes).
I just wanted to share this praise report of how I believe God alerted me to something that He knew was soon to happen, and communicated to me that I was to pray for extra protection from Him.
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