“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:4 ESV)

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Close Call

 by Macy Johnson

“I will refine them like silver and test them like gold.

They will call on my name and I will answer them;

I will say, ‘They are my people,’

and they will say, ’The Lord is our God.’”

(Zechariah 13:9 NIV)


I felt the pull of the camper behind my Highlander for the first time as we looked forward to our camping excursion. A car suddenly came around the corner into our lane on a winding, country road. It over-corrected, slid down into the ditch, then leapt out like a rocket aimed at us! I gripped the steering wheel and braced myself for impact. Then miraculously the driver corrected the out-of-control vehicle inches from my bumper. That was close!


A few months later I drove down to Fort Walton Beach, Florida on a Friday to attend a good friend’s memorial service the next morning. I headed for home soon after the service and darkness held off until I entered Atlanta’s perimeter.


Exit 46 merges traffic from I-285 North onto I-20 East. I merged to the far left lane as cautiously as I could to get on I-20 to Augusta. Cars ahead of me slowed and came to a dead stop behind an eighteen-wheeler. The trucker and drivers in front of me pulled out into the adjacent lane one by one as angry motorists blared their horns.


I found myself first in line behind a stalled car beside a cement wall. I stared into the passenger-side mirror at the lights racing toward me. A voice said, “Now!” I turned my front wheels to the right and pressed hard on the gas. I was safely in the moving lane of traffic!


I will praise my heavenly Father as He protects me on the busy highways of life and leads me to trust Him. I hope you will, too!

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