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Topic: ACCIDENTS WILL HAPPEN (04/13/17)
TITLE: Don't Grab the Wheel!
By Tanika Feaster
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Our toddler daughter was the only child at home at the time so we grabbed a couple of snacks for her and took off. We took the scenic route through the city, enjoying the music playing on the radio and the breeze coming through the sunroof, as we cruised along. It was about a 40-45-minute ride and as was normal for her, our daughter fell asleep on the way back. That left just me and the hubby singing along to one of our favorite CDs as we made our way home.
Mid-verse someone screamed “Jesus!” The word flew right out of my mouth before I even registered its formation. During my singing and rocking to the music, I had turned to see a car pull out in front of us. The speed at which the vehicle was traveling combined with its proximity to us, equaled a 100% probability that there was going to be an accident. If my husband chose to brake we would be rear-ended and he couldn’t get over without hitting another car on the driver’s side. Head-on, rear-end, side swipe, it seemed that a collision was inevitable.
I unconsciously called on the name “Jesus”, put my hand back on my child’s car seat, looked at my husband who was trying to remain calm, and braced myself. It seemed like time stopped for a moment, as if the “scene” froze. I can’t explain it. All I know for sure is that when I looked again, the car that had pulled out in front of us had cleared the intersection. There were fresh tread marks in the road that let us know that something had taken place.
After our breathing and heart rates had returned to normal, my husband said to me “Don’t ever do that again.”
I was confused so I questioned “Do what?”
“Don’t ever grab the steering wheel like that.”
I looked at him even more confused and said, “I didn’t.”
He continued “I felt someone grab the steering wheel.”
“Well, it wasn’t me” I answered back. Then we looked at each other wide-eyed, and said, “Thank you Jesus!”
Accidents will happen, but we were so thankful that we were spared that day.
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