Monday, 13 July 2020

M Michele's Musings

Jesus Took the Wheel

Recently Tim (my husband) and I traveled to Oklahoma to see family.  We had a harrowing experience yet we see God’s hand, grace and mercy through the whole experience.   A cold front was on the way and the day was dreary with lots of rain.   Tim was driving and we were traveling on I-10 in Beaumont, Texas.  Tim was behind a slow moving street sweeper and decided to go around him.  He accelerated just a bit to move over into the other lane and everything went haywire.  He must have hit a patch of water because he started fishtailing all over the road.   I was looking down but when I felt the truck begin to veer I looked up in time to see cars by the dozen scurrying away from us in all directions almost like roaches in a Raid commercial.   Next thing I knew we were turning this way and that way.   All I could say was “Oh my God” each time we turned in another direction.

Tim was gripping the steering wheel with firm determination, not uttering a word, just keeping his eyes and thoughts to the task of trying to get the truck under control.  At one point we were sideways across three lanes of traffic.   Tim was able to maneuver out of the sideways position and we were headed in a forward position yet we were sliding across the lanes sideways toward the guardrail and a huge pole.   My eyes were wide open in panic as we moved closer and closer to the pole.  The back of the truck was moving toward the guardrail a bit faster than the front of the truck.  The back of the truck then hit the guardrail hard which threw us violently back out into the exit lane and away from the pole.   At this point Tim was able to gain control of the truck and bring it to a stop on the shoulder of the exit lane.  

As we got out of the truck on shaky legs the driver of the street sweeper pulled up behind us to see if we were all right.  Tim assured him that we were.  He seemed to be in amazement as he complemented Tim on his skill.  He said, “You were all over that road but you held her!”   During the exchange I was busy watching the traffic, in amazement that we had not hit one other vehicle!  It was nothing less than a miracle!  Traffic was again whizzing by us as thick as sardines.  The contents of our now lidless and almost empty cooler were all over the road and the side of the road.  The 5lbs of boudin I had just purchased an hour before was laying just 50 yards away safely nestled on the shoulder by the guardrail but still shaken, Tim had no interest in going to get it.  We quickly assessed the damage to the truck and determined that it looked drivable at least to get us to a nearby parking lot to check it further.  We said our goodbyes to the nice driver of the street sweeper and as we were getting in the truck the man reiterated his earlier comments concerning Tim’s driving.  Tim’s tension far less now, smiled at the man and said, “It wasn’t me really, Jesus took the wheel and the guardrail was our “guardian” angel!” 

Leaving the interstate we noticed the truck was pulling a little to the right so we pulled into an empty parking lot to make sure all was well and that we could continue our journey.  Upon further investigation the truck had a huge dent in the side panel toward the tailgate.  The tailgate could not be opened and the bumper was askew but the back wheel and axel seemed to

be fine.  We hit the guardrail in just the perfect spot to not have damaged the trucks ability to finish out the trip to Oklahoma.

As we traveled on we marveled at what we had experienced.  We were in awe that we didn’t hit one other vehicle even though we were on a wet road, in extremely heavy afternoon traffic.  We discussed all “the could haves” and “should haves” and how it could have been so much worse.  The only explanation for the minimal damage to the truck, our safety and the safety of all the innocent people on the road was that Jesus did indeed take the wheel.  He and our guardian angel were right there to protect us and put us back on a straight and safe path.

When we returned late Sunday evening we went back to the scene to see the guardrail damage and if possible retrieve the lid for the cooler.   We did find the cooler lid, some soft drinks, bottled waters and even the boudin was still securely wrapped!  The guardrail looked as if it had a slight bend from the impact.  As we investigated the accident area we noticed that though it was late in the evening the traffic was still thick, fast and furious at that part of the interstate.  And we were again reminded of how good God is and how His hand was on the whole situation. 

I am sure that my husband’s response was in part because of his knowledge and love for the song that Carrie Underwood made famous, “Jesus Take the Wheel.”   For us, on that particular day, the words literally held a powerful message.  There is not a doubt in our minds that Jesus took the wheel that fateful afternoon and led us to safety.  However the message in Carrie Underwood’s song is powerful and true in life as well.

 

Jesus take the wheel
Take it from my hands
Cause I can't do this on my own
I'm letting go
So give me one more chance
Save me from this road I'm on
Jesus take the wheel

 

Every one of us needs Jesus’ touch in our lives.  We were created by a loving God who knew we needed a savior.  The world is not perfect.  There will always be situations we cannot control.  There will always be roads that we need saving from.  As the chorus says, we can’t do it on our own.  We need God.  We need Jesus.  God sent Jesus to be the Savior of the world.  He loves each and every one of us with an everlasting love.

As the chorus encourages, we need to let Jesus take control.  We need to let go (and let God).  We need Jesus to take the wheel of our very lives.  We need Jesus to save us.  He wants to bring us to that place of safety but we must invite Him into our lives.  "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."  Romans 10:13

Love in Christ, Michele

Columnist: Michele Abshire

 

Michele Abshire is a housewife, mother, grandmother, and full time legal assistant. She has been published in Lake Charles, Louisiana publications, Christian Star Newspaper and Gumbeaux Magazine.  

Michele began writing notes of encouragement to people God put on her heart which led her in the direction of writing short encouraging stories, letters, essays and analogies.  This quickly became a ministry for her.  

Michele's vision is to reach people with encouraging messages that will lift their heart and bring joy for sorrow and hope for discouragement. Michele enjoys your feedback so leave a comment in the form at the bottom of the page or email her at  micheles.musings@gmail.com

 

 

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