The Accident

Written by: Carolyn Ruttan

A few days ago, Dale and I had a rather busy day of running around and doing errands. For some reason doing errands takes way longer than what you would normally anticipate, here in Honduras.  Our first errand was at the bank, where we needed a letter stating how long we have had our bank account here for the house we are going to be moving to. That alone took an hour and a half. Then we had to go to Elisa’s school, the team house and we had a few other things to accomplish.

Finally after being away from home since early that morning we made our way home a little after 3 in the afternoon. Suddenly Dale exclaimed, “Oh my goodness! That truck!”  I turned and looked out his window in time to see a transport truck speeding, and evidently coming right at us.  But at that moment he veered to the left and sailed over the median and into the oncoming traffic. The truck hit a man on a motorbike who went flying through the air and crumbled like a rag doll on the ground before it landed in the ditch on the other side. It was horrific. I don’t know that I will ever be able to shake the memory of that day from my mind.

We pulled over, as did a lot of other people. All of us were in a state of shock. I couldn’t stop crying. Dale was trembling. The paper said it was mechanical failure. The breaks had failed. Two people died that day, and it is a miracle that more people were not killed. It’s a busy highway and realistically more cars or busses should have been in the path of that truck. But they weren’t.

Another  thing is….a few seconds more,  and it could have been Dale and I that were taken out. He was so close to us. But at the last moment the truck flew over the median.  We were going around a curve in the road and there was no way the truck could have made it. At one point Dale looked at me and said, “That could have been us.”  And it’s so true. We clearly saw the Lord’s protection in that moment.  It was a very close call.

I am and always will be thankful for his protection and his hand upon our lives that day.

Psalm 27:1 The Lord is my light and salvation—so why should I be afraid. The Lord is my fortress protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble.

We never know when our time will come. Things can happen so fast. In the blink of an eye, things can suddenly change. Unexpected things can and do happen.  Certain events can change the course of our lives.  Only God knows the number of our days, and when he will say our time on earth is done. It’s so important to be ready, to know where we are going should our time on earth come to a sudden end.  None of us are guaranteed tomorrow. Maybe when we get to heaven God will show us how many times his hand diverted danger from our path.

James 4:14 How do you know that your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.