Counting My Blessings

I grew up in a Christian home. God has been a major part of my life since the day I was born. I have been beyond blessed in my endeavors, always giving God the glory. My reasoning is simple: God is good. Every moment of the day, he is my link to sanity. Early this morning, I felt his presence and his protecting hands wrap around me.

He kept me from death’s door.

Around 5:55 am this morning, I was traveling eastbound on CR 15 in Goshen on my way to work. I was just coming up over the crest of a hill when I suddenly saw 2 headlights coming towards me–in my lane delivering newspapers. The vehicle had its brights on, so I couldn’t see how far over in my lane it was. Letting instinct take over, I swerved to the right. I went down an embankment, took out 2 full grown poplar trees and maimed a third, spun around and flew backwards through a fence 100 feet into a field. I was going 50 mph in a 55 mph zone. Any slower, I would have plowed into the trees and stopped violently. Any further left, I would have hit a large oak tree head on. Had the ground been dry instead of saturated with rain water, I would have flipped and probably killed. The pictures of my car speak for themselves.

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At the entrance to the accident site, there was a cross that said “Jesus loves you” and beneath it, a sign with scripture. I should not have been able to get out of my car and walk away from that accident. It was only by the grace of God that I escaped with only minor injuries. I have whiplash, possibly a mild concussion, bumps, bruises, & cuts. I SHOULD have had a broken nose, fractured jaw, fractured neck and broken face. My Lord & Savior protected me from horrible bodily harm. Glory be to God!

After realizing how close I came to losing everything today, I vow to count my blessings every chance I get. God must have great plans for me since he pulled me from that wreck, and I will trust in him whatever it may be. My favorite hymn is “When Peace Like A River Attendeth” It was written by a man who lost his wife and young daughter in a tragic accident. Even in the darkest moment of his life he turned to the Lord for comfort and strength, creating this beautiful hymn.

When peace like a river attendeth my way

When sorrows like sea billows roll

But whatever my lot, thou has taught me to say

‘It is well! It is well with my soul!’

Whatever the path, it is well with my soul. Count your blessings, hug your loved ones, and praise God always.

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