I was driving home on a two lane highway this afternoon when it happened.
One of those 53 foot trucks was coming south when suddenly, a very impatient and foolish man popped out from behind the truck, moved into my lane and sped up, with the intention to pass the truck. He obviously miscalculated the distance and there he was, coming directly towards me.
It all happened so quickly, there wasn’t much time to think and I swerved to the right, onto the wide shoulder of the highway. I don’t know if that was the wisest thing to do but it was my natural reaction to the oncoming danger.
I have never heard a truck driver (let’s call him “Bill”) honk his horn so loudly and for so long. He pulled his truck to the side of the road and ran back to see if I was OK. I was pretty shaken up but I really appreciated the fact that he came to check on me. Meanwhile, neither of us realized that the crazy driver of the car (let’s call him “Dave”) had also stopped up ahead, gotten out of his car and was walking towards us.
When Bill saw him approach, he began to yell at Dave. I thought the two men were going to get into a rip roaring fight but as Dave got closer to us, he yelled to us, “I’m so sorry. That was such a stupid thing to do. I’m so sorry. Is everyone OK?”
When Bill heard the apology, he calmed down a bit and by the time the three of us were standing beside each other, Dave was crying, Bill was smouldering and I was feeling the awkwardness of the moment – big time. Ideally, I like to take advantage of these great teaching moments but I think I was still in shock and I couldn’t think of anything to say. My heart was still racing.
The two men talked back and forth with their voices lowered. I just listened for a while. Eventually, I calmed down enough to realize how angry I was feeling! I managed to thank Dave for apologizing but I added, “Remember EXACTLY what this felt like next time you’re in a hurry to pass someone and you decide to put other people’s lives in danger.”
And then I left. I just wanted to get home to Chris.
But I sure thanked God for His hand over my life. I believe He covers me . . . every second of the day and night.
My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me. Psalm 63.8 ESV