“I am confident to see the goodness of the Lord” ~ Psalm 37
This has been my mantra since our car accident a little over two weeks ago. I will see God’s grace and mercy revealed even in this! What the enemy intended for evil, God will turn it around and cause it to be a blessing and a testimony for His glory and His alone!
Well, in previous posts I have outlined other praise reports related to the accident, but today I have two more!
1.) The drunk driver was underinsured to cover all of the losses (of course) and so we filed the claim through our insurance company. Well, our insurance co. has decided to waive our deductible since the other insurance company has assumed liability! Let me tell you what a huge blessing this is to our family! We were looking at paying up to a $500 deductible when we pick up our SUV from the repair shop. While it would’ve been reimbursed down the road, it’s a blessing not to have to pay it at all!! So, this is a tremendous relief! (Good news, my teenagers, you get to eat for the next two weeks! Haha!) God is good!
2.) Our vehicle was the only one out of the four involved that was not a total loss. This is amazing considering our vehicle is the oldest (12 yrs. old!) out of all of them! One was a shiny 2014, with a value of $30,000 at least; yet it was totaled. That means three other families are shopping for vehicles. Again, we are just thankful that our SUV is repairable and I always say that it will last until we’re ready to buy another vehicle. The night of the accident, my husband was joking that it would last ten more years. We both laughed, but, who knows?
We all stand in awe at the goodness of God in protecting us that night! I believe the Lord dispatched angels from heaven to guard us and keep us safe. There’s no human explanation of how our vehicle absorbed so much of the damage, yet totaled the mini van in front of us. We were rear ended by a car and the offending SUV with an impact of at least 65 miles per hour! It was the loudest crash you ever heard and the most unexpected! We were sitting at a red light. Everyone is supposed to stop. Except those who cannot because they’re so impaired due to alcohol that they no longer have appropriate reflexes and are unable to process what red means, that is.
… I just searched online how many beers it takes for a 200 lb. man to exceed the legal limit. It appears to be 4. Wow. Of course, many factors can affect this number. For instance, interactions with prescription drugs, etc. But, how one can decide it’s safe to climb behind the wheel of a vehicle after consuming that much alcohol is beyond me. Of course, I do not know the weight/size of the man who plowed into us, but am merely offering an example. The greater the body weight, the more alcohol it requires to exceed the legal limit. So, the scenario worsens.
According to the U.S. CDC, every 48 minutes someone dies as a result of a drunk driver. It said that in “2010 nearly 1/3 of all automobile deaths were related to alcohol impaired driving.” Those are staggering statistics. Thankfully and mercifully, we lived. Many don’t.
My daughter brought up an interesting note … She said, “Do you know how many people this one accident has affected?” I’d been talking about the decision of one man to drink injured ten other people, in addition to himself. She added: the first responders (who were so awesome that night!!), the helicopter pilot, hospital staff at two hospitals, those who were re-routed on the highway after it was shut down for hours, law enforcement, judges/staff, jurors, replacements in jobs that may have been hired while the injured recovered, families and friends of those injured, insurance agents/adjusters/staff, auto body shops, towing companies, Dr. offices, physical therapy and radiology facilities, churches, and the list is possibly endless. I mention churches because during our recovery, we are unable to continue our volunteer work at our church. Think of this replicated ten times over, potentially. One alcohol related accident. Affects hundreds of people, maybe a thousand.
This is an intriguing path because it demonstrates how no man is an island unto himself. Truly. Our decisions in life greatly impact others, even when we don’t realize it. Perhaps none so dramatic, but influence nonetheless. Now, that’s food for thought.