July 4th weekend, 2015. Our bags were packed. We were all set to leave for a 5-day long trip that involved exploring Washington County, Texas.
The kids and I dropped Hubs to the airport to pick up our rental car for our trip and were driving home to eat breakfast. The plan was to leave as soon as Hubs got home.
The younger two kids were strapped in their car seats and Dottie was in the middle, with her seatbelt on as well. She was showing Baby Girl an Elmo video on my phone while Little Man looked out of the window watching the cars zoom by.
The kids were 9, 5, and 1 at the time.
Even while reading this over, I feel that queasy feeling in my stomach again.
While trying to slow down to exit the expressway, somehow the brakes didn’t seem to work and I couldn’t sustain control of the steering wheel.
In just a matter of a few seconds, the car skidded, flew off the ramp, landed onto the frontage road and crashed head-on into the wire fencing of a clay tile business.
The airbags opened out and all that cut through the silence in the air was the jammed car horn.
Life changed in that one moment
I never thought I would ever have to type these words but yes, we were in a car crash.
The kids were in the back…BUT THANK GOD, all 4 of us got out of the vehicle with minor seatbelt burns and nothing else.
If you see the car, you would think otherwise…
I believe strongly in God’s Protection over our lives.
I also believe in angels. (Psalm 91:11- For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways.)
A few seconds after we crashed two gentlemen came to my side of the car, removed the rod that was holding my car door shut, and pried it open to get me out. They helped get the kids out and held my youngest while I called 911 and my husband. They waited till the cops and medics came and then left. I don’t know who the men were but I am so, so thankful God sent them to help us.
The frontage road we crossed before crashing into the fence is generally a busy road especially during the week and at the time we were there…
BUT God protected us. The road was empty because it was the July 4th holiday, thereby safeguarding us from further harm and harm to a potential vehicle passing at the time.
In just a few moments, things changed…
BUT God protected us.
Provided help for us. Kept our hearts at peace.
Life isn’t easy, and we can agree on this more so right now, but this life-changing incident reminded me that God is with us every step of the way.
Today may be rough, but be at peace that God is in control.
What He has promised in His Word, He is faithful to fulfill.
We may not understand the whys and the hows but stay strong.
Things will get better.