Wednesday, 30 April 2014

4 Accidents and a ...... (pt5) - A Dose of Encouragement 18


         and a Near Miss!


One Sunday evening earlier this year we were driving home on the same road on which we travel twice every Sunday to go from our home in Banbridge to the church we attend in Lurgan. 



The drive takes 20/25 mins depending on traffic but on Sunday evenings there is normally very little traffic on that road.  We were listening to some worship music on a CD and chatting about the evening's meeting just as we normally do on the journey. 

In the past 3 years we have become very familiar with this road and we know that at one part there are quite a few significant dips so that as you drive towards any of these you have no real view ahead.  The road is clearly signed to tell drivers about this in advance and of course there are also signs and road markings to indicate no overtaking.



 I am often worried about cyclists along this road as there seem to be quite a few in the area but it was not a cyclist we had to worry about on this journey.


As we drove along in the dark around 8.30pm and came to the slight brow of a hill before one of these dips we could see some light over the brow of the hill so we knew there were some cars approaching.  Then as we got to the top suddenly we could see several lights of cars coming towards us on the other side of the road but as well as this we could see a set of lights coming towards us on our side of the road.




       This is a country road with a very narrow footpath and hedges or walls etc. so usually no room to manoeuvre.  We realized that a large lorry (truck for my American friends) had been trying to overtake 3 or 4 cars and was still on the wrong side of the road; he had obviously ignored the traffic signs and road markings.

       The lorry was about the length of 2 cars in front of us & the only thing my husband Fred could do was to swerve in to the side of the road as the lorry tried to cut back into his proper side in front of the lead car. 


       Up until then there had been no break in the narrow footpath but at the exact place that we had to swing in there was a gap in the footpath and in the hedge because there was an entrance to something there. 


Just enough room for our car to get in out of the way as the lorry skimmed past us.


This was a big thing in our lives that day and we were very happy about the outcome, and I actually wrote about this in the first week of my #100HappyDays Challenge.

This event was to do with us being thankful to God because of his hand of protection in what could have been a major accident and cause us a lot of injury if not death.

 We have been over the route again of course several times and there is only one point that there is room for a car to pull in off the road and that is exactly where we were when we met the lorry.


Obviously God had brought us to the right spot at the right time and saved our lives.


What a great God we have who knows where we need to be at all times and sees the road ahead when we are not able to see it.  He even knows when others will be breaking the law and cause us to be in danger.

We are thankful that our God works miracles for us even when we don't know we are going to need them.


Do you believe He can work miracles to have you just at the right place at the time you need to be there?

Do you believe that He loves you so much to be in front of you on your life's journey too?

Do you know His Saving Grace in your life and the sacrifice of His Son for you?




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25 comments:

  1. God certainly does work miracles! What a terrifying situation that must have been. I'm so glad to hear you are safe.

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    1. Thank you Candace, miracles indeed.

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  2. "What a great God we have who knows where we need to be at all times and sees the road ahead when we are not able to see it." Indeed Sandra, indeed!! What a wonderful story of God's provision. Thanks for sharing it and thank you so much for stopping by my blog today and leaving such a thoughtful comment. :-)

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    1. Thanks Tarissa, True at all times.

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  3. Yes I believe that. I had a similar experience where I am sure angels held the wheel and got me back on the right side of the road (icy road).
    Thanking Jesus for protecting you,
    Blessings
    Janis

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    1. Hi Janis, We are always thankful for His protection as we drive especially when we have had these experiences and we try not to take are safe journeys for granted.

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  4. So true. We can see signs and ignore them at times. At other times, we might see the sign and there isn't much we can do about what's coming ahead, except to not go any further. So thankful for His saving grace on a daily basis.

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    1. Hi Jolene, nice to meet you. Just hopped over to your blog and left a comment on that post about church and your daughter. Added you to circles as well. Thanks for dropping in.

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  5. I believe in these kind of miracles. I am always open to these sorts of situations, recognizing them as God's miracles. Nothing just happens by chance. And when my stomach lowers out of my throat after such a moment, and my breathing slows down a little, I always turn to God and say "thank you".

    I want to invite you to come link up to "WOW It's Wednesday" {happening every Wednesday!} http://www.beckycharms.com/2014/05/wow-its-wednesday-no2-link-up-party.html

    We could use your doses of encouragement, and any other wonderful post! :)

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    1. Hi Becky, I noticed you are already in my circles, thought I recognised the name. Thanks for the encouragement and I will certainly have a look into the link-up.

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  6. Wow, Sandra..so glad God kept you and your husband safe...what a harrowing escape and a great story of God's protection...Thank you...Glad I linked up behind you at Holley's :)

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    1. Hi Dolly thanks for dropping in and giving encouragement.

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  7. So glad you were all ok from that. Always so grateful to the Lord for His protection. Thank you for sharing your story and what the Lord reminded you through it all. Stopping by from A Little R&R link up

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    1. Hi Melissa nice to meet you and find the Singing Honey Bee.

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  8. Praise God-- Although I certainly don't love the narrow misses, I love that God is there to protect us. This is great and very inspiring, Sandra.

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    1. thanks Sharita for the encouragement.

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  9. WOW, God has such excellent timing. I believe this was God's way to save all of your lives and no doubt prevent bad injury to the lorry driver. Thank you for sharing this awesome story with us here at "Tell Me a True Story."

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  10. I often say "Right Place, Right Time." That's what I can rely upon when driving, walking around and about, going around our state or our nation. He is truly the only One Who has protected me and put me in the "right place, right time."

    I certainly understand what you went through. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Yes right time right place and He's the only one who actually knows when and where that is, amazing isn't it.

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  11. What an amazing moment! God protects and provides in the most amazing ways sometimes. How awesome! Thank you so much for linking up with Inspire Me Monday and sharing what God did for you!

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  12. So glad you were safe - and that God made a place for you! He does that - doesn't He - makes safe places for us in the midst of a challenge! Thank you for your story - and God in it!

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    1. Hi again, Safe places is exactly right.

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  13. How terrifying. I am so thankful that God protected you and kept you and your husband out of harms way.

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    1. Hi Barbie, Yes the protection of God is great.

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  14. Thanks you for sharing at Whatever Wednesday on Thank You Honey! Hope to see you again next week!

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