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“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path,” Psalm 119:105. Have you experienced an event that when you reflect on it, it plays in your mind in slow motion? One, in particular, will be burned into my memory for the rest of my life.
A few years ago, my mom and I had the privilege of publishing a small magazine in North Alabama called North Alabama Kid’s Directory. It was a family-friendly publication in a town a couple of hours north of our home. We would drive to this town and stay for a few days each month as we worked to distribute. During our distribution excursions, my mom was the driver and I was the navigator.
It was a beautiful day and we were riding along on a divided six lane highway doing our daily tasks and having one of our usual deep discussions. I was talking when suddenly my mom said, “What is that guy doing?” I glanced to my left and before I could speak, I glanced in front of us just in time to see a car barreling toward us in our lane going the wrong direction. It happens in slow motion in my mind, but I remember the terror in my heart. In the blink of an eye my mom, staying calm, moved our vehicle over toward the concrete divider to the left, the car next to us moved over to the right and the wrong direction vehicle passed in between us with only inches to spare on both sides.
I looked back as that vehicle continued down the highway going the wrong direction somehow managing to avoid other cars that quickly moved out of his way. I called 911 who assured me they had been notified and had units on the way to take care of things. I remember feeling like I had had the wind knocked out of me and was immediately in tears. My mom found a place to pull off of the highway, we pulled over and hugged each other tightly. I really did feel like we had just been a part of a huge miracle.
Since this frightening experience, my mom continues to say she felt like Jesus took the wheel that day. She did not feel one moment of panic. I find myself thinking often about how God moves obstacles out of our way. He helps us to avoid collisions caused by our bad decisions in this world. May our prayers be of gratitude and asking Him to guide us back on His path whenever I swerve with decisions in the wrong direction.
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1 KJV
-Amy Tanner Phillips
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