Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Facing Oncoming Traffic
"I was lying down in the van. When I looked up, I saw oncoming traffic," my son explained.
In a snow storm, we were traveling on I-70 West, five miles west of Wheeling. A twelve year old, twelve passenger van with rear wheel drive, no ABS, and no traction control can be a challenge. The left lane was better then the right; most of the lane was clear with lots of pavement for the tires. We approached the top of a hill and the road was covered with snow. The pavement was gone.
The van wiggle. I let off of the gas and gently corrected for the wiggle. The van did not want to be corrected and wiggled some more. Knowing the worst thing I could do is over-correct, I gently corrected the wheel. Still, no control. We are sliding left into the concrete wall. To avoid wall, I must steer harder to the right; although, I know it is risky. "Keep calm," I tell myself. The back end begins to slide further left. If I turn left, I don't think I can get the van back under control. There are no cars nearby. The road is wider, made even wider with an on-ramp to the right. We need to stop. I turn the wheel farther to the right, hoping I can make the van spin and come to a stop on the road. The van spins. I have been braking lightly. As the van passes 180°, I step hard on the brake, hoping to stop as we complete a 360. A pick-up is heading toward us on the ramp, but he sees us and stops. As we complete a 300° spin, the van stops.
Everyone is quiet. We are safe. The van is fine. The engine stalled. The van starts back up and we drive aware slowly, thanking God for safety.
I am very guilty of taking God for granted, especially His care for the mundane things in life, like safe traveling. In my head, I know that traveling is dangerous and we need to rely on God for everything. While we drive a lot (numerous trips to Ohio, Illinois, etc), I have never been in a serious accident. So, I fail to truly appeciate the danger of driving and my need for God to safely deliver us to our destination.
I hope that this spinning adventure will permanently remind me to truly pray for all things and rely on Him for everything, even mundane things in life that I have done thousands of times. I hope my adventure will remind you as well. I don't want God to spin you into oncoming traffic so you will see Him.
Posted by Bryan at 5:36 PM