A little over three months ago I saw my life flash before my eyes.
It was a cold, but yet fun filled night with friends planned out in the city. Every good night has to come to an end sometime, right?
On our way home, my friends and I were driving down the freeway, and within a blink of an eye we were hit by a drunk driver.
I remember before we collided I had this strange feeling. I wasn’t scared and I wasn’t anxious. However, I knew something was coming. I looked to my right and I remember seeing the car, and then just knowing that we were going to get into a car accident before it even happened.
Shortly after this moment the car started to merge over from my side of the vehicle, and he clipped the front side of our car, leaving us stranded with a totalled vehicle on the side of the freeway.
It’s crazy to think about how fast it all happened- kind of like how it is in the movies.
You have that feeling that something is going to happen.
You see the vehicle right in front of your eyes.
And before you know it you’re getting hit in the face over 100 MPH by a very large bean bag (well, maybe a little bit more firm than a bean bag).
I felt like I was in a movie.
I had this strange and yet strong ring in my ear from the pressure from the airbags, and I smelled this weird smokey sensation.
I looked around to see if all my friends were okay, and thank the Lord we were.
That night we walked away we a totalled vehicle, but we also walked away with minor injuries, and lives waiting to be filled with more personal testimonies.
That night really put certain things in my life in perspective.
As I saw the other vehicle colliding with ours the only automatic response that my mind, body, and spirit had within me was to proclaim, “In the Name of Jesus.”
I was not the driver that night, and I had no power physically to move either vehicle. I didn’t know any other way to respond, or control the situation except to fully surrender my fear to God and take authority over enemy’s plans for our life that night.
The Lord has His mighty hands on us that night because the situation could have ended very poorly considering all of the factors, but Jesus had another plan. He loves us so much that He wanted to show us how much more life He wants for us to live through HIM and light this testimony for the world to see.
I have suffered with anxiety and panic attacks since I was about 18 years old. I believe that I have been fully delivered from those attacks since the moment I threw my anxiety pills in the trash after my mission trip last summer, and even in the moment when I should had felt anxious the most, the Lord brought me peace and confidence.
I had never felt so calm, bold, and courageous during a time of need like this in my entire life! That night the drunk driver drove away, we were left in the cold with a totalled vehicle, and a slightly bloody nose.
Earlier that day before I went out with my friends I was on my way to Starbucks. Before I got out of my car something drew my attention to my airbag caution label on my visor. I remember just staring at it thinking, why am I looking at this?
About ten minutes before the accident I had taken my seatbelt off to take off my coat. That night I walked away with a sensitive ear, and a few bruises but the timing that God had with that seatbelt saved my life.
My mom also told me earlier that day she saw my picture on our fridge at my parents house, and she said that I was really on her heart and she continued to pray for me throughout the day, specifically for protection.
I firmly believe that God sent this situation for a purpose. I believe that He was trying to teach me multiple lessons on this day. I believe that He was revealing to me that no matter what the situation is, and no matter how out of control things may seem, He will always find a way to rescue us because He has an amazing plan for each and every one of us, and He will continue to walk with us upon completion.
After that night I began to think of all my sins that I had made.
I thought of all the rude comments, or even gossip that I’ve said about others.
I thought of all of the bad choices that I made that were not very Christlike.
I thought of all of the times when I have tried to taken control of situations when they were out of my hands in the first place.
And every single time my mind wandered back into the past, Jesus brought me back to the present and reminded me that He is not a god of punishment and getting even when we have wronged HIm. He is not a god of compromise. And He is not a god of disownment.
He is a God of love, forgiveness, and grace. He is a God who restores, provides, heals, and supports. He wants us to come to Him for our every need and to take care of us.
He wants us to hand over our current situations, and surrender our control over the things that we can and cannot control, and realize that He is sovereign.
No matter our past, our choices, our mistakes, and even our future mistakes- He will always be there to rescue and restore us.
Romans 8:39 New International Version (NIV)
39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.