Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Angels All Around Me

About a year ago when I was driving home, a line from an old Amy Grant song "Angels Watching Over Me" flashed through my head: "A reckless car ran out of gas before it ran my way..." I laughed to myself at the improbability of that statement.

Less than an hour later an incident happened that really made me aware of "angels watching over me." After being home for a few minutes, I got back in the car to go out again. Then I remembered that I had forgotten something. So I dashed back into the house through the garage. As I passed through the kitchen, I saw my car going past the kitchen window. I was confused. Who was in my car? Then I heard a thump. I was out the front door in seconds. I immediately scanned under the car for any sign of my kids. I didn't know if they were playing inside or outside at that moment. Thankfully the only thing under the car was a bike.

I thank God so much that my kids were not playing in the front yard. If my two youngest had been there (2 & 4 at the time), they would have been too confused to move. They would only think: Mommy is in the car, and the car will stop. That car was an 87 Volvo which can only be described in one word: heavy.

How did it happen? When I had entered the car, I put it in neutral, then I remembered something, got out and banged the door, which probably gave it enough force to start moving. If the car would have gone straight it would have hit the garage. Instead it made a 120 degree turn on a barely noticeable slope and ran parallel to the house.

On an ironic note: of the four bikes in our front yard at the time, three were ours and one belonged to our neighbor. Guess which bike was hit?

Now onto what happened today. I was driving home from a little neighborhood grocery shop on a very peaceful residential road. Lily was in the backseat. I was about to round a blind 90 degree turn when I suddenly saw a little green taxi with about 6 men coming right at me in my lane. I swerved to the side of the road. If I had been 2 seconds faster, it would have been a terrible collision. As I was thanking God for the near miss, I saw a police patrol zoom by in hot pursuit in the correct lane.

We pray daily for God's protection.

"God only knows the times my life was threatened just today A reckless car ran out of gas before it ran my way Near misses all around me, accidents unknown Though I never see with human eyes the hands that lead me home God, I know they're all around me all day and through the night..."

--"Angels Watching Over Me" by Amy Grant.


Sandi said...

A good reminder for all of us to realize how God is watching over us, and to remember how we all need to lean on him daily. Love you all--MOM

PS (PSanafter-thought) said...

Two weeks ago I had the car roll thing happen to me twice while I was in it. I had taken the keys out when parked at a gas station, looked down to get something from my purse, and looked up to realize that my car was moving backwards. Yikes. I'm not sure what I was doing wrong. Fortunately, it only went a few feet.
(Maybe the car needs a checkup???)

I sure felt both thankful and stupid at the same time, the sort of feelings that should make me be more gracious to others.