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The Night I Died On a Texas Highway
By God's Grace I Returned!
One rainy autumn night, my husband and I were returning home from a day of shopping in Abilene, Texas. Traveling through the night in our new Chevrolet pickup, we listened to the first non-Christian CD we had bought in over five years. It was George Strait's newest music release containing the hit song "Carrying Your Love with Me." We were talking and then my next memory was of quick turbulence and the thought, If we could only make it to Coleman, we will be fine (Coleman was a Texas town midway between Abilene and our home). I was thinking this while spinning around as if trapped inside a "squirrel cage" carnival ride. Then I knew without a doubt I was somewhere other than here on earth; my body was physically present, but my spirit had departed. I remember feeling a most heavenly, indescribable peace, and I have no earthly memories of anything afterward on this Tuesday night, November 11, 1997.
My Husband's Personal Account
Since I have no memories for a lengthy period, what I will relay now comes from Doug's personal account, which he has shared with me many times over the years. It grieves my heart even now to think back to the scene of the accident and imagine what Doug was living through. He called to my still, limp, lifeless body, covered in blood and glass; he got no response as blood oozed out of my wounds. The pickup had turned over and come to rest upside down. I was hanging inverted; the seatbelt held me suspended in place. My husband felt sure I was dead and gone from him forever. In hopeless despair, as Doug too was hanging upside-down beside me, he cried out to God in heaven to bring me back to him. He beseeched God to please return life to my body. The "won't let go kind of love" that Doug and I share was the provocation for Doug's prayer. He could not let go and knew God was able to change the hopeless situation.
The young teenager who ran the stop sign and hit us also believed I was dead. There was complete chaos at the accident scene, with people running to and fro calling for emergency assistance and helping however they could. Doug was able to release himself from the seatbelt and climb out the broken window on the driver's side of the pickup. He then slowly maneuvered his hurt body to my side and continued to pray. There was a point amidst all the confusion when a heated encounter occurred between Doug and the teenager responsible for the crash. Believing I was dead, Doug lashed out at him, demanding an answer for why he ran the stop sign. The young boy could only say, "I do not know." He offered no reason for not stopping and entering the highway from a crossroad without looking. He was not obviously hurt and was later treated and released at the medical facility. Tests revealed he was not driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It was just odd he could not explain his actions, since he traveled this road almost daily. He definitely had to be aware of the major highway there-why did he choose not to stop?
This young man had entered the highway we were on and crashed into us, hitting our front passenger-side fender. The impact stopped us dead in our tracks, which sent our vehicle rolling over. Our feeling of calm and security rapidly turned into sudden trauma filled with twisting metal, breaking glass, and the astronomical jolt of the impact that halted all forward motion. Then our vehicle became an uncontrollable rolling, turning ride, sending us in the opposite direction on the four-lane highway. Finally, the momentum created by the crash allowed gravity to take over and stop us just short of the traffic coming toward us. When the unrestrained ride ended, we were left hanging upside-down. A feeling of relief swept over Doug, but that feeling changed quickly when he realized I died during the rollover.
Comparing Emotional Wounds to Physical Wounds - What's worse?
Emotional wounds are similar to physical wounds. The physical wounds I received from the extremely bad car accident were extensive-a car accident that took only seconds to happen. In comparison, the emotional abuse I endured as a child happened over many years, causing suffering on the inside due to the pain and emotional wounds. The pain of the emotional abuse far exceeded that of the car accident. It also came with more permanent damage. But there were no visible wounds, no obvious pain, nothing clearly present that required healing at all. Toxic, dysfunctional family patterns, although old, familiar, and sometimes comfortable, must go-giving way to a healthy emotional life without all the doubt, distrust, hurt, and pain. Therefore, just as time for physical healing is necessary, time for emotional healing is also crucial.
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