4 Accidents and a ......... (pt3) - A Dose of Encouragement

Who would believe that you could slip on a powder?

That's exactly what happened to my husband one night on the road between Londonderry and Strabane in Northern Ireland.

   The third accident!

Fred decided to go to a prayer meeting in Strabane while I stayed at home with the kids.  Not a very unusual thing for him to do but the phone call I got about 30 mins after he left home was very unusual.

Fred was on the phone from someone's house (we didn't have mobile phones in our family all those years ago) to tell me that he had had an accident in the car and that he was fine but he would not be able to drive the car home so I would need to come and pick him up in my car.

Then a man took the phone from Fred to reassure me that Fred was okay and in his home and he could stay with them until I got there.  I got directions and then arranged for the grown-up daughter of our next door neighbours to stay with my kids while I went for Fred and her mother seeing I was rather shocked about it all decided that she would come with me.

We had no trouble knowing when we had arrived at the right place because we could see the car lying on its side in the field beside the road.  

Around the field was a wire fence with cement posts.

All we could say was

How did the car get past the posts without Fred being injured?

Fred doesn't know the answer to that one either.  

As he was driving along suddenly the car seemed to slide and it spun out of control off the road turning over a couple of times and landed in the field on its side with Fred hanging there held up by the safety belt. 

The police arrived and told him that a tanker carrying powdered milk had spilt most of its load along the road a few hours earlier but it had been washed up and they didn't think that could really be the cause of his accident.

However the next day Fred went back to the home of the man who had taken him in that night to thank him again and to take some pictures of the car before it was towed away.  

When he got there another vehicle had had the same problem and had gone off the road through the hedge at the opposite side.

 A couple of hours later another accident happened with a car going off the road at the same spot and it hit a telegraph pole.

In the end the road had to be cleaned again because it was decided that washing up the powdered milk had left a slippery skim on the surface of the road.

3 cars were written off but all three drivers were unharmed even though they would admit that they had no control of their vehicles once they hit the slippery patch.

The only person who was in control of the situation was God and we are forever thankful that he kept Fred and the other drivers safe.

There was no warning; there was nothing to visibly see as the car approached the dangerous stretch of road.

It was not Fred's fault that he had that accident.

I have often thought of how we don't have any warning when the devil is getting ready to try to harm us spiritually too.  

However God has warned us in the Bible about the nature of the devil and his intentions  towards us so that we can be prepared for the attacks to come.  

God has likened the devil to a roaring lion hoping to devour us. 
Such a strong picture.

Thankfully we have a God who is all-powerful, stronger than the enemy and when He is on our side who can stand against us.

The devil certainly could not take Fred's life that night as the car bounced off the road and into the field, those cement posts did not harm him.

 God miraculously kept Fred from all harm.

Is God in control of your life?

Have you allowed Him to be in control?      

Do you truly trust in Him?


  1. Wow, that is a crazy story–powdered milk! But, yes great example to remind us to be ready for the attacks that sneak up on us. And thankful that God is the one ultimately in control.

  2. Wow, what an amazing story of God's protection and grace! A very good thought provoking article.... and we do not know when we will be hit with a spiritual attack and we need to walk in the Spirit each day....... Thank you for posting this.

    1. True Joy, We need to be alert to all spiritual attacks and ready.

  3. Sandra, all I can say is WOW!! I am so glad that your husband is OK and the other drivers in the other cars too. God is so good. Thanks a bunch for sharing.

  4. I'm glad Fred is alright! My car spun out for no apparent reason, no warning on HWY 17. I can relate with the fear and confusion, and the knowledge that God has us in His protection. God truly is powerful to keep us safe physically, spiritually, and in every way there is. Blessings from Coffee For Your Heart!

    1. Hi Anna nice to meet you. He is a great protection, Amen.

  5. That is remarkable, Sandra! So glad God was watching out for your hubs... And the other two drivers as well. Thanks for sharing this encouraging story-- so thankful that God IS in control and protects us always. Appreciate your participation in #EverydayJesus

  6. The angels were there lifting those cars in such a way to keep anyone from being hurt! WOW what an amazing experience with powered milk. Thank you for sharing your wonderful post with us here at “Tell Me a Story.” At:

  7. WOW!! It's a blessing when the angels and our Lord break through when significantly dangerous things occur. I'm greatly impressed and encouraged. Thank you.

  8. So thankful everyone was saved from harm! Who knew spilled milk could be so dangerous? Thanks for sharing. Blessings, D@TheShadyPorch

  9. Great shots! Wow! So glad everyone is all right ~ Hope the road got cleaned up thoroughly this time ~

    Happy Weekend coming to you,
    artmusedog and carol

  10. The best part is that they were all unharmed.
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    Have a splendid weekend

  11. Thank goodness your Fred and the other drivers came out of their accidents safely. An amazing story.
    The View from the Top of the Ladder

  12. God is so gracious to three drivers. My goodness, I am so grateful for you and yours that Fred is A-Ok! That was such a story. Take care and thanky ouf or sharing this with all of us. Please have a safe and happy weekend.

  13. Oh my gosh. Such an astonishing story of grace and protection.




    Thank heavens for blessings.