I'm writing this to help me remember and to forget.
Last Saturday we were traveling though the mountains in a rain storm on our way home. We drove through alternative periods of relative clear followed by torrential downpour one right after another for over an hour.
It was during this time that I was feeling ill-at-ease in my spirit and began to pray --- out loud.
I remember hearing the flash flood warning on the radio and looking on the map - noting that we were east of the area of concern. I also remember the strong persistent urge to remove a rather large hair accessory with 'big teeth' from behind my head and thanking the Lord that He is our Rock and Redeemer.
From this point, it's slow motion.
As we came over a ridge, a new downpour started. There was water EVERYWHERE. I have never seen so much standing water before. The vehicle to our left sprayed us with a giant wave of water as we came to a slightly banking turn. I saw Hubby move the steering wheel, but the van did not respond.
The van starts to shimmy and I'm suddenly aware that the wheels are no longer touching the road.
At this point, I call out, "LORD JESUS"
Upon hearing me, my 10 year old who had been asleep in the back seat slumped over, sits bolt upright enabling the shoulder belt to properly tighten, protecting him.
The van turns clockwise away from the vehicle beside us. A semi truck is to our rear. Inside the van, there is a silent stopping of time and a feeling of being in a centrifuge.
We continue rotating, and I wonder what we will hit...and where the semi is.
I feel the van go airborne. Seconds later, a hard impact under the drivers seat.
We are jolted and slowed. But still spinning.
What will we hit next and where is that semi?
And then it is over.
We are still....stopped....and stuck fast into the mountainside. The van with dings, dents and four completely blown tires is going NO WHERE.
To my left, I see the semi pull over and the driver hop out to help us. Miraculously, he avoided us without harm to himself as well.
Inside the van, we quickly take human inventory. Remarkably, 2 of 4 kids are mostly untouched. The other 2 have slight scrapes and bumps. The adults are banged up and frazzled but are praising the Lord that everyone is safe!!!
When the initial shock wears off, Hubby and oldest walk the accident area. After our initial spinning off the road and on to the berm, the van goes into a gently slopping, but deep, ditch. This kept us from going over to the other side of the highway. When I felt us go airborne, the rear of the van was actually several feet up in the mountain side traveling across it. The first "impact" we felt was the van hitting a large rock outcropping. Though this slowed us down and reoriented the van so the front wouldn't stick out in the road, it also forced the luggage rack to break off and the topper itself to go flying.
While waiting for the van to be towed, the EMS workers, State Trooper and tow truck driver kept telling us how lucky we were.
So, while we are sore, we know full well why we are all still here.
The Word says:
2 Samuel 22:7
In my distress I called upon the LORD,And cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, And my cry entered His ears.
In my distress I called upon the LORD,And cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, And my cry came before Him, even to His ears.
As for me, I will call upon God,And the LORD shall save me
For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive,And abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You.
Yes, we made it through the storm. And yes, now we have a new set of problems to solve.
I want to remember God's hand of protection during the storm and not the storm itself.
I don't want to be like the Israelites who grumbled and complained with their 'new set' of problems after God's deliverance.
I choose to remember "the goodness of God in the Land of the Living." and then trust Him to solve the rest!
I would have lost heart, unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living.