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Jesus Saved My Life Today
I was in a serious car crash and I wanted to tell the testimony about what the
Lord did in my life. Considering the severity of the accident, I have very minor
injuries. I got several friction burns on my left arm and a few cuts on my right.
I believe both were caused by the airbag. I also got some bruising along my hips
from the seat belt. I received a contusion in my left leg, probably from the center
console as it flew out of the car. (Yes, you know the crash is bad when the entire
center console flies out of the car!) But God was good to me. I can hardly believe
that I was able to get out of the car and walk away.
I was heading towards Houston when I crashed. It was pretty crazy, my rear left
tire suddenly blew and my SUV swerved right. The front of my vehicle angled forward
until the rear elevated to about a forty-five degree angle. It flipped off the road,
spinning like a toy about five or six times. The first flip was on the driver side,
but it eventually landed on the passenger side. The direction of my car rotated almost
a complete 180 degrees before it landed partially facing the opposite direction.
It was almost like something you see in the movies. As I felt the car go airborne,
I ducked my head and put my arms near my face. I remember seeing a blur of brown
and gray from the air bag. I could hear glass breaking, and even heard the car's
frame getting crunched. As all this happened, I wasn't able to do anything except
think and hope that the next roll wouldn't send some dangerous object flying through
the car. Or that I might hit something else like a pole or another vehicle. With
each roll, the car got crushed a little more. On the last roll, the car landed on
the roof, upside down. It crunched the entire ceiling down about a half a foot or
more. So there wasn't much room left for me in the vehicle.
Part of the really scary part was that I was initially stuck in the car. I looked
around to try and figure out what to do to get out. I could see the passenger side
was completely crushed, and was really glad no one was with me because they probably
would not have lived. But I couldn't get out that way. My window was only one of
two that wasn’t broken. But because I was cramped for space and hanging upside down,
I really couldn't get into a position to break it open. I had to find another way
out. Then I noticed the engine was smoking, and I became worried about getting out
quickly. I couldn't move through the front windshield because the engine was situated
above my head and was leaking oil and gasoline. Then I noticed that behind me, the
rear window was smashed out. I unbuckled myself carefully. This caused me to slide
down next to the door. I then had to reach up and grab the seat lever to put it in
the recline position. This enabled me to crawl across the seat. I then turned myself
around so I could crawl along the roof of the car, and was finally able to get out.
I was so pumped up with adrenaline, that when I finally got out, I felt like crying
and yelling at the same time. I remember how much my arms and hands were shaking
from the adrenaline rush after I climbed out. I was really glad that I was alive
and seemed to be okay.
I looked around to see what the scene looked like. Everything had flown out
of the car and was littered across the side of the road for the 50-75 yards that
I traveled as I flipped. My glove compartment was completely emptied and my wallet
had fallen out with bills and credit cards strung across the grass. There seemed
to be glass everywhere. Of course the center console was lying out there as well.
(I decided to bring home a “souvenir” item, so I took the window frame from one of
my windows to hang on my wall.)
Two other vehicles had been traveling in the opposite direction and their drivers
said they saw the whole thing as it happened. The first one said he thought I was
going to hit him before I completely flipped off the road. He said my car flipped
over five times. He managed to drive to the side of the road where I ended up. He
quickly parked, and as he ran out to help me he was shouting at me asking if I was
okay, and if anyone else was in the car with me. He arrived at my vehicle as I was
struggling to get out. It was really amazing to have a random stranger care enough
to stop to help me. I guess we all have an innate desire to help one another, whether
we realize it or not.
The second driver saw what happened as well. He said I flipped six times before
coming to a stop. The first driver called 911, which seemed to never come. Thankfully,
the second driver had a brother who worked for a local EMT unit. He happened to be
on duty that day and was only about five minutes away. That was neat how the Lord
brought in a random passerby who had the right connections to get help quickly. His
brother arrived just about 10 minutes after the whole thing happened. Because of
his training, he was able to act as the dispatch for the ambulance, fire truck, and
police. Meanwhile, they set me on the bed of a pickup truck, placed me in a neck
brace, and did everything to make sure I okay.
Two women stopped by soon after. One said, "Man, you were lucky today." I replied,
"Ma’am, I don't believe in luck, Jesus saved my life today". Later, I mentioned to
another person how the Lord was protecting me. Even in situations like this, life
is about ministry. There are people that we come in contact with every day, and the
Lord gives us chances to let them know about Him and what He has done in our lives.
Even several days later, I was still hurting. I would wake up feeling like I
got hit by a truck. (Oh wait, I did!) It’s really good to know that God still has
a plan. I hope I’ve encouraged you as you go through your life knowing the Lord has
a plan and a purpose. And that He greatly values your life. I hope that you don’t
have to look death in the face like I did to realize it.