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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Coincidence or God Sent?

Monday afternoon, I had some errands to run in a town not far away. I forgot that the time change Sunday made it get dark earlier and was worried I wouldn't get home before dark. I have light sensitivity and night blindness so it's not a good thing if I am driving at dusk or later. But here it was, dusk, as I turned off the highway onto my road.

This particular stretch of road is pretty deserted, in fact, I don't remember ever turning off the highway at the same time as another car. So I was surprised and a little annoyed when I saw car lights behind me. Not only were their headlights blinding me, but they were driving close enough behind me that I knew they wanted to go faster than I was going. I always feel pressured to go faster when a car is following that close. Not that they were tailgating, but they were close.

I finally got to T intersection and hoped they would take the right since I was taking the left. As I rounded the corner to go left (which is west), the last rays of the setting sun totally blinded me and I couldn't see anything. I couldn't see the road and I couldn't see the fields on either side. Just the blinding sun in front of me and the scene in my rearview mirror. Then, that car rounded the corner behind me and then I couldn't see anything in the rearview mirror except their headlights.

I eased over to the side of the road until I felt the rough edge of the road under the tires, and the car passed me. I was getting out my phone to call Hubby to come get me when I realized that the car (it turned out to be an SUV) was blocking a bit of the sun. Even better, their tail lights were so bright, I could see a bit of the road behind it. So I dropped the phone, hit the accelerator, and tucked in behind them. I just prayed that they were going all the way down the road and past my house, or at least until the road turned back to the north and out of that blinding sun.

I'm sure they thought I was following them for some other reason, or maybe road rage. Their speed increased to 50mph in a 35mph zone, (not unusual, unfortunately) on a road so pitted with pot hole patches that I usually go 25mph, but I hung with them until they turned into a place at the bend of the road. By that time, I could see to get around the bend, and once I turned away from the sun, I could see a little bit again. I slowed to a crawl, turned on my bright lights, and made it on home.

When I got home, I had time to think. The odds of someone turning onto that road behind me were slim. Most people who live near me turn at a major exit where the road is somewhat better. The odds of someone on that road going all the way on the west-facing section are also slim. Most people who turn off the highway where I did live on that section before it turns west. It was either a timely coincidence or orchestrated by God, and either way, I am very thankful.

But here is the main question that passed through my mind. Why?

I'll admit, I've had a lot of down days lately and my faith has slipped. I've prayed for healing, I've prayed for an end, and I've prayed for acceptance. I haven't prayed for a guardian angel and I haven't prayed for proof that God hasn't deserted me. (But I've certainly thought it.) So I wondered, why this, and why now?

I don't know. What are your thought? Have you ever had an coincidence that you thought was God sent, or that you were being protected in some way?

13 comments:

  1. That was indeed a guardian angel. I've had many during my life. They are a blessing.

    Have a fabulous day, my friend. ♥

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  2. To answer the questions in your last paragraph - yes, I have ! A guardian Angel? Definitely !

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    1. Do you have a story to share? How do you know?

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    2. No one bug thing - just little things here and there - Closest was when I was in Arizona and my aunt and I were trying to get from the NE corner (Canyon de Chelly) and back to Phoenix. Trouble is, when they do roadwork in AZ they do it at night, and e knew the road we needed to take would be closed of we didn't get there by a certain time. So, it's not only getting twilight, but I am driving an unfamiliar car (my aunt's) on an unfamiliar road (first time I'd ever been to Arizona.) We came up behind someone in a Jeep Cherokee who was going our way. And we followed him/her til we were past the area to be closed and even out of the mountains - by then we were following his taillights. That;s the one most like your experience, but I've had little things - I can't recall specifics off the top of my head - and sometimes they are things you don't realize until later.

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    3. Neat story! You're right about not realizing it until later.

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  3. He presents himself in unexpected ways to remind us that he is, indeed, always there for us. Glad you made it home safely. You make me smile. Thank you for sharing :^)

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    1. I'm glad I made it home too. I know I could have waited on the side of the road for Hubby. I just don't want to be a burden - yet. He has his hands full with his mother right now.

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  4. Yes - you had a guardian angel come to your rescue! Don't get too down. I most certainly understand though - I told the retinal doctor just this week that the good eye seems to be failing faster since I was diagnosed with ARMD in it as well. He wasn't too concerned I guess because the retinal pictures still look good. But I am the one who needs a magnifying glass to read the newspaper now.

    We will be making this walk together!

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    1. I'm sorry to hear that about your eyes too. My good eye went down fast not long ago. As odd as this sounds, I just don't want to be that blind woman with the fu manchu because there's no one around to tell me it's there. lol

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  5. Marti - I am also certain it was a guardian angel for you … my biggest proof of God's hand in my life is sending me to work in England so that I could meet my spouse - best souvenir I ever received!

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    1. That's a good one. When my kids were teens and worried that a big decision would be the wrong decision, I told them that God had a plan for them and even if they made the wrong decision now, He would present another opportunity to turn them around.

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  6. Yes, I have had times when things could not be a coincidence. The most obvious was this past year right before Mother's day. I had a flat tire while crossing a rail road track in the middle of nowhere. It could have turned out horrible but didn't. Too many little things "just happened to fall in place." Here is my story.

    http://getmetothecountry.blogspot.com/2018/05/happy-mothers-day-or-is-it.html

    Jeannie@GetMeToTheCountry

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    1. I just read it. What a story! Yes, that man was surely sent your way.

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