In November 2011, I had an appointment to see my therapist in downtown Chicago. After I parked my car on Clark Street, I walked toward the traffic light but didn’t cross at the corner; instead, I stood between two parked cars and waited for the traffic to clear so I could cross the street.
The red car on my right started backing towards me slowly and I was paralyzed with fear. The driver’s rear window was covered with snow, so he didn’t see me. I couldn’t run out into the street because traffic was coming and I couldn’t jump back up on the curb. I was trapped and I thought I was going to die or be seriously injured. I couldn’t even think to yell, “STOP!”
Suddenly, the car stopped, and a man jumped out and saw me. He apologized profusely and said he had no idea I was behind his car but something made him stop. “It must’ve been the man upstairs,” he said. That’s the power of God right there. He saved my life! I wasn’t angry at the man and accepted his apology. Ever since then, I try to be careful when I’m crossing the street.
Every time I think about this story, I get emotional because it was pretty frightening and I’m grateful that God saved me. It’s also a reminder of how God is always watching over us. Sometimes when miraculous things happen, we tend to think, “I was just lucky” or “that’s just a coincidence.” No, it was God protecting us: “For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.” (Psalm 91:11-12).
Perhaps this experience occurred to increase that man’s faith and mine as well. Whenever we experience something frustrating, terrifying, or troubling, we tend to think “Why me? Why am I going through this?” I’m learning that we have a story to tell others, which could help increase others’ faith in God.
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I so agree! I was reminded of this when I saw a memory on fb recently. A baseball-sized concrete rock was hurled into my windshield by a passing vehicle’s tire. I decide to share the story on my blog and the pics. God is always protecting us! Thank goodness for His traveling angels!!!
Wow, that sounds frightening! I’m glad that God kept you safe!
Thank you! It was scary! I give God the credit for helping me to remain calm and not jerk the wheel!
I absolutely believe that was God! Something kind of similar happened to me years ago, but I will never forget it. I was driving home from an evening Ladies Bible Study with a friend in Lexington, KY. It was dark outside. I pulled up to a busy intersection and stopped. My friend turned and looked at me and said, “Cindy, the light is green! What are you doing?” Then suddenly, a semi-truck went barreling down the road in front of us at high sped, running his red light. We just looked at each other in amazement. If I wouldn’t have stopped at the green light, we would surely be dead. We knew God had saved us! I drove up on a green light and saw it red! That wasn’t an accident! Thank you, Lord, for saving Evette and me! Blessings, Evette!
Oh my goodness! I got chills reading this! So glad that God was covering you.