If I had to pick one moment, it would be the first time I had a series of miracles pop-pop-pop!
I had no great love of rush hour traffic. But when six different drivers jerked their vehicles into the meager space in front of mine, one right after the other within the space of two minutes, I felt rage build to the point of explosion. I thought to myself, "What is going on here? Why six times so quickly. If this happens any more, I might end up going backwards."
Then, something happened. I felt beside myself. Everything seemed to slow down. Darkest rage had turned to brilliant bliss. I suddenly realized that I was perfectly and 100% responsible for every driver who had cut me off. I was even responsible for the choked rush hour traffic. I had created every instance of frustration and "events" toward which I had leveled that emotion. Blame evaporated. Frustration was gone. In fact, I no longer cared about getting to my destination any faster than God would allow.
I now dwelt in humility. The other drivers could wreck my car or destroy my body and I was perfectly okay with that. Nothing was important any more, because ego was gone. I felt the warm embrace of the Heavenly Father.
Moments later, I lightly considered the idea of a prayer -- one that would honor the Father and bless all who participated. I pictured wide open spaces and smooth sailing all the way to my destination. I then let the prayer go, with perfect knowledge that it was within God's power to do this. Immediately, cars started evacuating the center lane ahead of me. Within 5 seconds, two miles of Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles were empty, with walls of snarling traffic on either side.
Thirty-four years later, I realized that the first six cars to move out of the way were the same ones which had selfishly and dangerously cut in front of mine. My forgiveness of them had been that complete. Not only had I cut the ties of resentment, but I had forgotten their trespasses completely.
I realized that one of the miracles was an understanding of "The Art of Forgiveness," which is the name of one of my books.
Rod Martin, Jr.
"The Bible's Hidden Wisdom: God's Reason for Noah's Flood"