The summer I graduated high school was definitely one I could never forget. I’m not certain exactly what month, but I do think it was at the end of summer. My memory is pretty random about that whole summer except for the things that the Lord chose for me to keep tucked away in my mind to never forget.
The day started out to be a normal day. A friend and I decided to take a drive on a beautiful weekend day and went to a small zoo about forty-five minutes from my home. On our way back home driving down a curvy mountainous road we came upon a car accident. I could see the line of cars, the police cars with their lights flashing and the car overturned in the ditch. So much commotion and I assumed it must be pretty bad. The next thing that happened, I was laying on the side of the road looking up at a circle of people around me! What? I was the one that had been in the accident! No way! This couldn’t be happening! Apparently, the car my friend was driving, and that I was a passenger in, had just been in an accident!
I still really don’t know the cause of the wreck. I don’t remember any of the actual accident which I think is God’s way of protecting me, but again I do have in my memory the things the Lord wanted me to never forget! From what I was told, our car rolled many times and I was thrown out of the front windshield being tossed on the road which explains the road burns on my back and stomach. The car ended up in a ditch overturned which is the car I saw thinking I was in the line of cars watching. They couldn’t find me anywhere then someone saw my body lying in the ditch with my head inches from the car being on top of me.
So, I’m lying there on the side of the road not really understanding the full picture of what’s going on and as I look to my right, I see a brown wood house up against the side of the road. It had a porch that went all the way across the front of the house and a welcoming entrance door right in the middle. The door opened and the most beautiful lady I ever saw was gliding down the wooden walk that went from the front entrance to the road. As I watched my angel slowly move towards me a bit of panic came over me. I looked at her and said I’m going to die aren’t I? She said with certainty you are going to be alright. I was comforted by that and over her left shoulder I saw the image of my grandpa that had passed away a year before. He had the prettiest silver hair that I used to love to touch, and he was smiling as I remembered. Just then the ambulance pulled up and I asked the lady if she could go with me because she comforted me so much. She said no I can’t, but you are going to be ok. I was in and out of consciousness. The last thing I remember was being put on the stretcher.
I woke up in the hospital emergency room with the doctor and the nurse sewing up my head with sixty stitches. It’s crazy but my face wasn’t cut up but I did loose several top teeth. So many things the Lord protected me from! The doctor decided that I didn’t need to stay in the hospital. Can you believe that? sixty stitches in my head, concussion and shock, open wounds on my back and stomach, my arm was black from shoulder to fingertips, and I couldn’t lift it, and the muscles were pulled in my legs but I didn’t need to stay in the hospital!
The hospital called my parents and after seeing me begging him to keep me and again he said I was fine. They called our local hospital and explained everything, and they said to bring her in, but we will have to run all those test again. My Mom said she’s been through enough we are taking her home. Looking back at the whole situation I’m pretty sure not admitting me or taking me to the local hospital wasn’t a good idea. I mean my brain could have swelled or anything, but you see God was looking out for me. After getting home that night my parents realized I wasn’t doing well after passing out in our hallway floor, so they decided to take me to the emergency room of the local hospital. I don’t remember going there. Not sure what they did. They told my parents to take me home and keep an eye on me!
My Grandma, who always assured me that she prayed for me every day, graciously slept with me that night to watch over me I’m sure she probably prayed over me all night. I was sure I was not going to wake up the next morning. Over the next few months, they sat me in a recliner until I could motivate on my own. My parents didn’t like to leave me alone with all my injuries. They had to go somewhere and left me with my friends’ family to look after me that day until they got back. My friends Dad thought it would be a good idea to take me to the accident site to see if I recognized anything. I said well I am sure I can recognize the exact spot because you see I had several things to look for. I remember seeing somewhere along the way a long straight piece of road which was rare in this mountainous area. I remember there was large stone on each side of the road in one spot like a small bridge. Then of course the quaint wood house where my angel came out of. I know for sure this was my angel that the Lord sent to protect me.
Anxiously riding in the car to see the familiar things and to see where my angel was, my friends Dad pulled over to the side of the road in this wooded area in a sharp curve that went straight uphill. I looked around and said why are we stopping here? He said this is the place. This is not my place! Where is the straight road? Where is the open fields? Above all else where is the house the lady came out of? My friend said what lady? The one that came over to me and said everything was going to be alright! She talked to me and comforted me! My friend said” I didn’t see any lady I was there the whole time”! Well, you see there is definitely an explanation for all this. First, I saw the picture of the wrecked car and the roof was smashed into the passenger seat where I was sitting. Thank God I was thrown out or I would have been killed instantly! Then there was the part where the car was inches from being on my head that could have killed me instantly but didn’t .Thank God for that!
Oh yea there was also the part where the crazy doctor didn’t think I need to stay in the hospital at least overnight because my brain could have swelled or anything could have happened with head injuries, shock, and a concussion. Thank God none of that happened! And what about my angel? I always knew that if it was not for the Lord, I wouldn’t be here today. I have always been so grateful the Lord had other plans for me and decided not to take me then. I was just eighteen years old when this happened.
I grew up in church from the time I was a kid learning all the facts about Jesus. I always loved sitting with my Grandma and Grandpa in the sanctuary after Sunday school, waiting to hear the message and of course I was a kid, and the message was the farthest thing from my mind. I was more concerned in watching my Grandparents. As I grew into a pre-teen and teenager I slowly did not go to church as often almost rarely. Who knows if this accident did not happen where my life’s path would have taken me? I am sure it was a path that God protected me from. It was not until years later that I totally gave my heart to God and completely understood the full impact of what the Lord did in my Life that day.
Yes, it was an awful accident. Yes, I had many injuries that have followed me all my life but there is good in it. The Lord let me live!! He had plans for me! He allowed me to meet the man of my dreams. He allowed me to have two beautiful children and amazing grandchildren! He allowed me to have a wonderful family and experience life with them! Thank you God! He allowed me to see my guardian angel that day! How awesome is that! But above all else he allowed me to really meet him and know him! I know what a loving God he is! Maybe this was my purpose.
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