Wednesday, December 4, 2013


Today, I had to run to the post office to pick up a package, and I decided to grab some food while we were out to bring home for lunch. Two of my children were so famished they had to bust into their lunch on the way home instead of waiting to eat with their brothers and sisters.

As we headed home on the back country roads, I was talking with my husband on my phone (that's still legal in this state), and when I went to set my phone down on the consul, I looked away from the road for only a second. In that time, my right front tire went off the road. (For some reason we don't have any shoulders on our roads here in the country which is more than a little annoying). Anyways, I have digressed. My front tire went off the road. Normally, this isn't much of an issue; however, it has been raining for some time, and the ground was sloppy. My front wheel literally pulls the rest of the car into the ditch. I realize, that if I make a quick jerking motion to pull it back onto the road, I might completely flip the vehicle.

I decide to embrace the off-roading, and turn the wheel to straighten out over someone's yard. I go swerving left and right. I have let off the gas, but experience tells me that braking hard isn't really an option in the mud as my tires are not doing what I am telling them to anyways.

Somehow, I manage to get the car back on to the original road where I do a complete donut and come to a halt.

Sitting there in the center of the road, I stared blankly ahead, completely shocked. What in the world just happened?

I didn't hit anything (Alleluia), and none of us are hurt (Praise the Lord).

Looking around, there are no spectators and no other cars. Did this even really happen? My flat tire with grass and mud all over it are evidence that it did happen.

After regaining my composure, I limped the car back home.

Markos turns to Mayah and says, "Oh man, I squished my sandwich."

Seriously? That's your concern?

They had no idea (nor concern) for their safety or the ramifications of what could have happened. I laughed, one of those nervous laughs, but I do know the reality of what could have happened; I am thankful for the Lord's protection today.

As I drove the rest of the way home, I was reminded of how quickly something tragic can happen in the blink of an eye. It is like our walk with the Lord; we strive to keep Him in our sight at all time, keeping Him at the center, but there are so many distractions in the world and all around us that try to steal our attention. The consequences of taking our eyes off of Him are tragic.

Lord, I thank you for your protection today over me and my two children. Lord, I pray You will be an always constant presence in our lives. Please direct our paths, guide our footsteps, and keep our focus on You. Give us discernment and wisdom as we seek to follow Your commands and do Your will. Humbly, I pray, in Jesus' name -Amen.

"We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps." Proverbs 16:9

Thankfully, today, my diversion off the road was brief, but once we veer off the path, there are no guarantees ofhow it will end. Lord, You are our Rock and our Salvation, and on You we fix our eyes.

"Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you. Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path. Don't get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil." Proverbs 4:25-27

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