When God Slows Down Time.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011




I never thought such a terrible thing could happen to us. I thought I destroyed my family. In a fraction of a second I made the worst mistake of my life. I have no excuses, but God saved us .

My wife Joann's father had passed away a few days earlier. I usually never take death very easily . I knew I had to be careful because when I am stressed I tend to become a little forgetful.

I thought everything would be O.K. I drove to our bank. I had things on my mind. I remember feeling tired after making our deposit into our checking account. I hated going to the bank because of the dangerous heavy traffic when I had to leave the bank.

I drove up to the highway. I would have to cross two lanes of very fast highway traffic in order to reach the center lane for safety. I had a car behind me waiting , for me to pull out. I remember feeling rushed.

I hated that particular spot where I always had to cross heavy fast traffic in order to get to the center safety lane. I needed to reach the safety lane.

When I approached the highway I looked in my rear view mirror, and saw what seemed like three , or four cars behind me that were waiting for me to pull out so that they could pull out too.

In a split second I made a horrible decision, and pulled out in fast moving traffic. Cars were zipping by like bats out of hell. For some insane reason I thought I could make it across the highway to safety so I pulled out, and when I did, it seemed like a dozen cars were right on us .

Joann was sitting to the right of me, and Becky was in the back seat behind Joann. I turned my head , for a split second , Oh my God what have I done, I have killed my wife, and child dear God in Heaven, please help me. It was not the first time I needed God's help in, and impossible situation.

When I turned my head back to look at the oncoming traffic, I saw, and expression of shock in the eyes of a motorist. I saw a mini van coming head on at me, and a pickup truck coming head on at us, but both vehicles slowed down enough so I could drive across to the safety lane. Everything went into a stand still mode. Every vehicle slowed down to a crawl. I needed two seconds, and that was all I needed for my family to live.

Without any doubts in my mind I knew in my heart that God gave me those seconds that seemed much longer as I drove across the slowed down highway. The cars were moving at a snails pace. I hit my accelerator hard enough to cause my bumper to get clipped by a motorist . Even that motorist was driving too fast.

I stepped out of my car when it was all over. No one was injured My bumper had some damage, and a fender on another car was scratched .

And ambulance showed up, and two police cruisers. I asked a police officer if I was in trouble . He said, No sir," you were blessed. Someone upstairs likes you."

A motorist was angry about my driving. I said, " all of you drove like you were nuts . "

I never drove near that location again. From that point on I used only the back roads.

I told the motorists that nearly struck my car that they were careless .

The drivers that nearly killed us claimed I pulled out in front of them. In the presence of the police, my words were, I did not pull out in front of you. You thought speed was more important than common since , and safety, and you all nearly killed my family. I wish I was still a uniformed police officer , I would give all of you citations for reckless operation of you're vehicles, and for speeding, and for not watching out for other drivers, and for not driving slower near the main street of town. I also mentioned there should be a red light, or a caution light, and there should be a slower speed limit sign in front of the bank to help reduce speed substantially. The police, and the paramedics also heard everything I said.

I was grateful to God, for saving our lives. God slowed down time to save us. God can do anything.






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Poohgranma 5 years ago from On the edge

We have an on ramp near the large mall in the city where I go to buy groceries that gives me chills every time I have to use it. It is right next to an interchange for two large freeways so the traffic is almost always constant and going about 75 to 80 mph. If the traffic is too heavy you sometimes have to come to a complete stop because no one can or will get over to let you on. You have to accelerate and get from zero to at least 65 not to get run over. If I have my granddaughter with me, we go the really long way around and avoid the area all together.

As you said, it only takes a second, one misjudgement of timing and it could be all over. God is good and watches over us but we still have to use our own common sense too and if it takes a while longer to get some where by taking a safer route, then so be it.


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear Phoenix : Thank you for writing. I take a back road to when I leave the bank.God Bless you dear heart, and please keep cool this summer if you can.


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Poohgranma 5 years ago from On the edge

We sure are trying - it's a humid one today but I remember just a few weeks ago complaining about it being cold and rainy so I'm keeping my trap shut ... ha ha


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

We've all done stupid things like that.

This points out why you should never pressure anyone when you're behind them at a stop sign. You could get them killed.


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Thank you for that wise bit of information. Ijust couldn't believe they were so close so fast. It was a miracle, and God bailed me out of that situation. God Bless You, and thanks for stopping by.


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

A wonderful story and so well written. Thank you, stars.


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Good Morning Hello hello . It is a pleasure to see you precious heart. Thank you for dropping in, and God Bless You.

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