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Topic: Car Trip (07/18/05)
TITLE: T(r)ip, Don't Fall
By Kevin Kindrick
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After twenty minutes or so of rest, I took off with my two friends who weren’t spending the night at the camp there, and began driving home.
The road wound along the sides of a series of steep hills some miles north of a lake near my hometown. Exuberant at the memory of the climb we had just finished I was driving – perhaps – just a bit too fast for the terrain. As the car approached one of the many sharp turns I was able to tell, immediately that, “Oh cr*p, I’m not gonna make the turn.” Rather than simply hanging on for dear life, I gave it my best shot anyway. I slammed my brakes on, and jerked the wheel around as hard as I could.
At the end of the skid, my car was sitting on the brink of a sheer 400-foot drop to a narrow, swift stream. Once the adrenaline had (at least partly) been flushed from my system, I climbed slowly out of my door and stepped down onto the ledge that shouldn’t have been there. Miraculously, Jesus had guided my left front tire onto the one 2’X3’ section of ground that – instead of dropping instantly into thin air – sloped gently first; so that, rather than plummeting over the edge, my car simply stopped with the left front tire depressed slightly below the level of the road; and the right rear tire elevated about three feet above the road.
After several failed efforts to extricate ourselves from the situation (which resulted in the car simply shifting slightly farther down the hill) we decided to call for help; at which point I discovered that there was no cellular service in that area. With no other option, I ran the two miles back to camp; where I was able to get help from those who were staying the night (read as – I found someone who’s phone could get service, and we called a friend in town with a tow truck to come pull us out). He came, though it was two a.m. by the time he arrived, and my car was once again – dare I say it – on the level.
Through all of this, I see nothing but God’s hand keeping me alive. Only He had stopped my car from going over the edge. Only He gave me the strength to run those two miles as fast as I had. Only He brought my friend out of bed at two in the morning. God is good, even when we’re stupid. Thank you Jesus.
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