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Topic: Blowout (04/28/11)
- TITLE: LETTING GO and LETTING GOD
By Julie Andre
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It began as a beautiful summer day. No clouds in the sky, only bight sunshine. It was to be a day at a doctor’s appointment on the Southshore. I live on the Northshore in Old Mandeville. Travelling on the Causeway Bridge on a day like that was enjoyable. It provided a quiet time and a meditative time for me as I crossed over Lake Pontchartrain.
After I had finished my doctor’s appointment, I began the ride back home. Suddenly I realized as I was almost to the 10 mile mark before getting home, I heard a terrible noise. I couldn’t imagine what it was. I had never heard a noise like that before. Along with the sound came a funny smell. It was then I realized that I had a flat tire. To make this long story short, God sent me a male angel who stopped and helped me call 911. Other angels were the Causeway police. They helped me get my tire changed. I was so relieved and grateful. I was grateful for the help and for the fact that I did not end up in Lake Pontchartrain. Once the tire was changed, I had to get back on the Causeway bridge. I had never driven a donut (spare) tire on the bridge. My concern was the ride and the correct speed limit with this tire. Well, as I was deciding to go faster to the bridge speed limit, I heard this unusual sound and push. OH MY
GOSH! I had been rear ended. I didn’t know whether to step on the brake or not. What was I to do? I was trying to remember those safety tips I had learned. I had a second to grasp the seriousness of the situation. My car was heading to the railing on the bridge. Just on the other side of the rail was Lake Pontchartrain. It was in that moment of time that I let go and let God. Jesus Take the Wheel by Carrie Underwood began to play in my head. Since I didn’t know what to do, I let go of the wheel and let God drive. When I finally stopped, my car was facing oncoming traffic. Thank the Lord that the two policemen who had changed my tire were close. Within minutes, they were at the scene of the accident, and they had called 911 for the ambulance. Help came for me. I was taken to the hospital, and released. No major injuries. AMEN!
How can a blowout on a bridge and an accident within minutes be a learning experience? What I learned that day was when I let go and let God be in charge, He can do wonderful things. Have you ever considered letting go and letting God be in charge when you have a blowout?
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