What do you do when you deny the small voice inside that speaks – danger lurking? You pray that angels are working!
Sue McDaniel apprehensively prepared to travel through the New England states with fellow motorcyclists. She looked forward to this trip every year, exploring God’s creation, and spending time in warm fellowship with the other riders. But after her roomy backed out (the only other single female besides herself) and the weather forecast looked bleak throughout the East coast, the direction the team was heading, she questioned, “God, is it Your will for me to go on this journey?”
Since McDaniel is a woman who exhibits great faith, her first reaction isn’t usually to panic, but something didn’t feel quite right.
“Pray for me,” she urged her friends.”
As unsettling as it all seemed, with the warning signs that continued to darken her heart, she managed to quiet the voice within through prayer, and prepare her motorcycle and essentials for the 3000-mile adventure.
On July 8, 2006, the journey began. McDaniel and 10 other team members lined up behind their team captain Bo. The team planned to reach 17 states in 10 days.
The first two days were smooth and peaceful. But, day three wrote a story of its own. The bikers were heading down the highway when the weather changed suddenly. The sun that embraced them slipped behind the clouds and heavy downpours soaked them.
The team pulled off the side of the road and dressed in rain gear. Then proceeding with caution they persevered while obeying the warning signs and the 10 miles-per-hour speed limit. The bikers staggered one behind the other down Highway 11 to their next exit in Pennsylvania. Bo led with ease. However, the second biker had difficulty because of a slick spot. He tried to turn to the right, but he missed the exit. He did manage to avoid a fall. Unfortunately, McDaniel, the fourth biker in line hit the spot that he missed. Whirling on the ground like a blender on high speed, her bike spun out of control at a 45 degree angle.
McDaniel thought someone was pushing her from behind and started yelling, “Quit pushing me!” Suddenly she came to a halt. Both hands tightly clung to the handle bars, she never let go of them during the whole ordeal.
As people ran to her aid their voices echoed one after another, “Are you okay?
McDaniel could not move her leg. Her motorcycle pressed her limb into the wet road. The men surrounding McDaniel picked up the bike. The saddle bag and the motor guard had some scratches, but the bike in general had survived the turbulent spin.
The people standing around McDaniel insisted she remain still, but she assured them that she was fine, and stood to her feet like a giant. As she and the team prepared to journey forward, she thought to herself, “There was oil and water big time, but God is in control. I went down, but He had a cushion of angels all around me.”
The team made it safely to Niagara Falls and spent the evening taking in the beauty of the colorful lights radiating off the busy water.
During the night another problem presented itself. Bo got sick. They waited until noon the next day to see if he would recover, but he still felt too poorly to travel. He and his wife, Joyce, decided to meet the riders at the next destination.
The team ventured down the Interstate, and trouble once again knocked on the door. Three bikers made it through one of the exits with no problem. However McDaniel, once again fourth in line, experienced trouble and the heavy traffic only made matters worse. She had to make the sudden decision to either hit a road sign or Phil, the biker in front of her. Fortunately at just the right time he glanced through his left mirror and realized she was in distress. His quick thinking enabled him to move and save McDaniel from another wreck.
Can it be that angels are still at work in people’s lives?
Just when the riders thought nothing else could possibly happen, the worst news came around 5am. Two of the young men, brothers, received a call that their mother had died. All the bikers except for McDaniel headed immediately back to South Carolina. She waited for Bo and Joyce at the destination as planned.
Although there were only three of them remaining they completed the long difficult journey six days later. They stopped at a gas station in South Carolina before going their separate ways. McDaniel looked at Bo and Joyce and said, “I wasn’t sure if I was going to go on this trip, I didn’t feel good about it.”
She was surprised at Bo’s reply, he said, “I didn’t either.”
The darkness that began in their hearts followed them, but God’s angels never left!
Great work. I especially liked the lines:
*But, day three wrote a story of its own.* and *Whirling on the ground like a blender on high speed, her bike spun out of control at a 45 degree angle.* Good opening and ending!