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.
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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