Remember this, my dear friends! Everyone must be quick to listen, but slow to speak and slow to become angry.
~ James 1:19
Today I got into a car accident. Mind you it was a small fender-bender in the big scheme of things. But, I was very fortunate. Some might say lucky, others might say it was a coincidence but I tell you this I was blessed. Yes, I am important enough to God’s bigger plan that it was not my time to go today. As I write this now, more than 8 hours since it happen I still find myself a little dumbstruck at how God protected me.
Time feels like it’s moving so fast lately that the accident, the exchange of information, the tow out of the ditch, the police report, the last couple hours of work and the trip to the auto body shop for an estimate all seem like a blur to me. Time will move on, this is one guarantee other than death and taxes—which death was not on the menu today and my taxes were taken care of last month.
So as I sit here pondering today’s verse, I think about my initial reaction once I got out of my car. I was mad, but not necessarily at the man who caused the accident. I was mad that I now had to deal with this: insurance, tow truck, police, etc, etc etc. Then I realized that wasn’t going to make the situation better. By the time the guy came over to check on me and the car—about 2-3 minutes later—I consciously calmed myself down. This guy knew I was a little upset by my body language, but not once did I yell at him about the incident.
As we talked and waited for the officer, my first thought was to stop and listen to this guy. What was he thinking? How was he handling the situation? By being quick to listen and slow to anger I found out that this guy was a good dude. He told me what happened from his point of view and then took responsibility for the accident. This very action is what I have been trying to teach my kids—if you mess up, take responsibility for it, deal with the consequences and then move on.
When the officer showed up onsite this guy told him the same thing. The whole incident was over and done with in about 15 minutes. Everyone was professional and stand-up—something our society needs so much more of today.
I really appreciate the blessings and protection God allowed in my life today. I’m thankful that I am able to come home and kiss my wife, hug my children, have a great conversation with a buddy and write a blog post tonight. I’m grateful that God isn’t ready for me to leave this planet yet. I feel like I have so much more to share and do in his name.
Praise be to Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior! Amen.