Friday, August 4, 2017

When You Need a Miracle

When I was living in Colorado, I was on my way to work one morning, when I came upon an accident. A semi-truck at the side of the road, a smashed pickup nearby. The car of the physician’s assistant I worked with parked next to the fire truck that had just arrived.

When I got to work, I told our receptionist that Randy was going to be late as it looked like he was assisting at the scene of an accident. Turns out, he was not only there, trying to save the life of the driver of the pickup, but he had seen it happen.

Randy had pulled up to the stop sign on the busy highway and looked across the intersection to the pickup at the stop sign opposite. He looked straight into the driver’s face, watched him look both ways and then saw him pull out right in front of the semi-truck.

We found out later that he was on his way to traffic court and would probably have lost his license. If he wasn't able to drive, he'd probably lose his job. His girlfriend was pregnant. It seemed he felt he was at the end of his rope. Randy was sure he had pulled out in front of the semi on purpose. He was declared dead at the scene. 

Every time I hear this song, watch this video, I think of that incident. I wonder what would have made that young man change his mind, realize that no matter what was going on in his life, it really wasn’t that bad.

I’ve been going to share this story for a long time. I don’t know what I was waiting for.

No matter what is going on in your life, no matter how grim things seem, no matter how desperate, there is always a reason to live. 


Beth Camp said...

I'm grateful you shared this story. How many times do we wait too long? Feel as if we face insurmountable problems? Take strength from those we love? Have faith?

Denise said...

Wow..I imagine the image of the man's face will last forever in Randy's brain. A little haunting.