Wednesday, 9 April 2014

4 Accidents and a ...... (pt2) - A Dose of Encouragement 15




It all happened in July 1983 

    when our son Jonathan was 

               only 10 months old.  


He had fallen asleep in his car seat in the back of the car, I had fallen asleep in the front passenger seat, and then Fred fell asleep at the wheel.
  
We were on the motorway on the way home from Belfast and of course Fred was not supposed to be asleep.  We all woke up when we collided with a mini bus in front.  

Not a scratch on any one of us, not a scratch on any of the teenagers in the mini bus, not much of a scratch on the mini bus, but our car was a right off.  

You see we had only slightly hit the mini bus but that had sent the car out of control and we banged into, and scraped along, the security barrier at the centre of the motorway and then swerved over and scraped along the barrier at the side of the motorway.


Regardless of all that impact on the car we were kept from harm 
by our Father God.


          The driver of the minibus was a policeman and would not let us leave the scene until we could show proof of our insurance.  A police car arrived and we were then entertained by the policemen allowing Jonathan to press buttons in the car to set off the lights and siren.  
After about an hour my parents managed to get into our house 50 miles away, find our car insurance policy and get it to the police station in Londonderry.  We were then taken by police car to the station in Antrim and spent another hour there waiting for my parents to arrive to take us home. 


          My father was never particularly keen on driving very long distances so as soon as he walked into the police station he handed his car keys over to Fred and told him to drive us all home.  

I couldn’t believe it, there was my father a very cautious driver and a very particular man telling someone who had just had an accident, to drive his car home.  This is the same man who washed his car every week and would have known any little mark that was on it, and he calmly handed over his keys to someone who had just wrecked their own car.  When I asked him about it he just said he trusted Fred to drive us home he said Fred wasn't going to fall asleep again.


I am so thankful that God is just like that.


No matter what silly thing we do he is ready to give us that second chance, provided we are ready to admit we were wrong and look to Him instead of ourselves.


Can you believe that God will be like that with you?


Watch out for part 3 next week


Part 1 can be found here.

Or check the Dose of Encouragement Tab on the top bar for all of the series.



18 comments:

  1. Amen, Sandra . God watches over and protects those who believe and follow him.

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    1. Amen Charles, I'm glad you got sorted and could leave a comment.

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  2. Thanks for joining us on the Thoughtful Thursday link up, great post!

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    1. Thanks Jessica, I enjoy the link up

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  3. God really protected you all! <3

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    1. Indeed He did. Thanks for dropping in Julia.

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  4. What a blessing that everyone was fine.........and what a wonderful trust for your dad to put in your husband....such a blessing............ love your analogy. Thank you for posting this. :)

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  5. WOW that was some accident. Here in California we must keep a small card in our glove compartment that proves we have insurance, but I am so glad your parents could find your policy and show it to the police. It is good to get up on that horse or bicycle if you fall off, and your father was wise to allow Fred to drive. Thank you for sharing your wonderful post with us here at “Tell Me a Story.”

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    1. Hi Hazel, when we lived in Belgium we had to carry it arround in the car at all times too & I think the UK should say the same. So many stories in our lives to learn from.

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  6. How thankful and amazing your story is. You are truly blessed.

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    1. Thanks for dropping in and yes We are blessed in Him.

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  7. God was certainly with all of you that day, God is good! I keep a journal and whenever something strikes me I write it down. Your words about second chances and looking to Him instead of ourselves went in my little book. I live in Texas and here if you don't have your proof of insurance with you they give you a ticket for no insurance. Then set you a court date and you have to appear and show your insurance to the judge and he nulls the ticket. Just a little hassle, but what you had to do AND your father to me, seems worse. Probably to your father too. Isn't it a blessing to have parents like that? Mine were there for me always though now their gone. Treasure each moment you spend with them, just tuck it away in your heart.

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    1. Hello Linda, nice to meet you. Thank you for dropping in and also leaving such nice words of encouragement.

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  8. Always love reading your posts...this one makes me smile. First, no one was hurt and second, you are so right God is all about 2nd chances... Thanks for sharing, Blessings D@TheShadyPorch

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  9. So thankful for God's protection over your family. And you are so right, God is quick to give us more chances when we make mistakes. Thanks for sharing at The Weekend Brew!

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  10. Gosh, horrible for you all. Love the way your Father insisted Fred drove you all home, like falling off a horse need to get straight back on again!
    Happy Sunday!
    Wren x

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  11. What a frightening accident!

    I read this without breathing.

    It's always amazing to hear how things end well!

    And I thank you for sharing it for Alphabe-Thursday.

    Thank you for linking.

    A+

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