I could have died today. Please do not pick up the phone and call my mother and daddy and shout, “Did you know Roni could have died today?” That would not be cool.
I am a strong advocate of laws that support reducing traffic accidents by removing the distraction of texting and driving. When my husband and I purchased our most recent vehicle, we made certain it offered hands-free technology. We also made sure to take the time to learn how to use it. I felt safer.
Someone recently said to me, “I don’t think it is right the government can tell us not to talk on our phone or use our phone while driving. It’s an attack on personal rights.” That’s interesting.
I wonder what people thought when the seatbelt law came out? How about the law that children have to be in car seats when riding in the car? I remember we just kind of bounced around as kids. There is no doubt and no debate that seatbelt and car seat laws have reduced traffic fatalities and major life injuries. I am not dumb enough to think everyone wears a seatbelt. I saw someone driving while holding a toddler just the other day. Guess those people show the government who’s in charge, right?
So what does all this rambling have to do with my near-death experience today? I wasn’t texting. I didn’t have a child in my arms. I was, however, talking on my hands-free phone when I dutifully watched the light turn green and proceed out into the intersection of Beltway 8 and Green Shadow. Problem is I wasn’t watching the correct traffic light. I was stopped BEFORE the overpass and I watched the light turn green AFTER the underpass.
It was like God was working the most perfect puzzle in the entire world! My Ford Escape slipped right in between cars and 18-wheelers traveling at least 55 miles per hour. I was confused and sitting in the middle of the intersection with cars and trucks whirling right past me. No one slammed on their breaks. No cars crashed together. No one even honked (although I was tempted to thinking everyone else was wrong by running their light). When I understood my error, I looked in my rearview mirror and simply backed up. The car behind me kept a place open for me to correct my mistake.
What could have been tragedy for many was only an embarrassment to me. It was surreal. It was too real.
What did I learn? 1) Be more mindful when I drive; even the most focused driver can make mistakes, and 2) Most importantly, acknowledge and depend on Divine Providence. Whether we are driving less than two miles from home, battling a scary disease, or traveling to a foreign country, God remains in control. He’s got my back, my front and apparently all sides of me. Thank you, Jesus!