Have you ever been in a car accident? Two weeks ago I was sitting in traffic, at a red light, when out of nowhere a car plowed into the back of my hand-me-down 1999 Cadillac DeVille. I wasn’t expecting the collision and it took me a few seconds to realize what had happened. The car was totaled and I ended up being back-boarded and taken away by ambulance, and I still have some pain in my neck and lower back. (I am sure those ambulance drivers are still talking about getting all 7 feet of me out of that car.) So, during Christmas and New Year, on top of everything else, I have been dealing with body shops, doctors offices, insurance companies, rental cars and looking for another car, but God has also reminded me several truths as a result of this trial that I would like to quickly share them with you.
1. Things are replaceable and people are not. This is what I kept on telling the inconsolable person that hit me. Well, I only understood about every other word this person was saying through their tears, but they were very sorry about the damage to the car, my neck and back, but I assured this person that we were going to walk away from the accident and to give thanks!
2. It could have been A LOT worse. Once I got to the ER, I quickly realized how much worse the damage could have been. Now, I’m not saying I’m glad that somebody else that was involved in a more serious accident, and not me! I am just saying that I was very thankful that the accident was not as bad as it could have been!
3. Driving is for real! My wife will tell you that I am a very slow driver, but driving feels like a video game sometimes doesn’t it? Sometimes what we forget is that our split second choices, mistakes or misjudgments on the road aren’t fixed by the reset button on the Xbox console and can have really serious consequences. I was reminded that more by what I saw in the ER than my accident. And, as my 10 year old daughter talks about driving someday—Lord help me, I realize how serious driving can be.
Do you pray before you get in the car? Have you ever been in car accident? How about a close call? For all my parents out there—What was it like to let your children start to drive for the first time?