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Topic: Control (01/30/06)
By Cheryl Harrison
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“It's about time!” she muttered when the long awaited green arrow finally flashed, allowing her right-of-way to pull onto the highway. Unfortunately, an oncoming Jeep didn't agree with her next move.
The description of the accident differed between witnesses and victims. Witnesses said, “It all happened so fast.” Victims said, “Time slipped into slow motion.” From her vantage point, the whole thing lasted an eternity.
Over and over, she replayed it in her mind...
The distant honk of a horn warned of impending danger. The squeal of rubber tires against wet pavement sent shivers down her spine. The dreamlike vision of a silver Jeep crashing into her car, along with horrible sounds of metal grinding against metal, seemed unending.
The impact resembled a slow motion nightmare. Her car spun out-of-control, stopping with a jerk and then coming to rest on the highway. She faced the opposite direction from which she originally intended to go and the other car continued moving. Stunned, she watched the Jeep veer into the gas station parking lot. Her eyes widened with fear as it crashed into a pump, knocking it off its base. She held her breath, expecting an explosion. But, thankfully nothing happened. Witnesses fled the scene knowing one small spark could devastate the area. Honestly, who could blame them?
A few seconds later, her mind cleared. She realized the threat of an explosion had passed and permitted her car to roll into the parking lot. A deep sigh of relief settled her shaken nerves. Knowing God had protected her from harm, she offered a prayer of thanksgiving.
For her, the collision produced a deep sensation of being out-of-control. However, in retrospect, God proved to be in complete control. If she had pulled onto the highway one second earlier, the Jeep might have sailed through her car door, resulting in serious injury or even death. But by the grace of God, nobody was injured.
Later, once the dust and his insurance had settled, God’s ability to protect her came to mind. She knew God's promises were safely tucked inside his perfect plan for her life. Resting in the assurance of God being in control, she carefully pulled onto the highway, in her brand new car.
“The LORD will keep you from all harm-- he will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.”(Psalm 121:7-8 NIV)
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