Day 24: I’m not even being dramatic when I say that. It was 2009 during Tim’s last year of medical school. He was in Kenya doing a rotation at Tenwek Hospital, and I was doing life as normal—living in Miami and driving about 20 miles each day to work at Adoption by Shepherd Care.
Have you ever driven on I-95 in Miami? All I have to say is, WHOA. It’s one of those interstates where you’re in more danger going slow than going fast. Cars swerving from lane to lane, motorcycles zooming in between cars at an insane rate of speed, and no gracious “put my blinker on and someone will let me get over” action…oh no, it’s every driver for themselves.
On this particular morning, I was in the far left lane of six lanes of traffic heading north. I changed lanes, not realizing I was at the point where some plastic lane dividers began. I hit a couple and reactively swerved to the right to get off of them—sending my car spinning out of control.
During rush hour on I-95, my car spun across SIX lanes of traffic—without hitting anyone and without flipping over. When it came to a screeching halt, I was facing the wrong direction with a city bus coming straight at me—it stopped in time to not slam into me. Shaking uncontrollably, I pushed the gas pedal and drove to the next exit (shout out to my father-in-law for being an awesome crisis phone-call answerer and talking me through what to do).
I got to work, sobbed, and told the story. Everyone was crazy encouraging and supportive, and later that day my oh so wise boss said, “Laura, you should’ve died today. You need to ask God why He kept you alive.” Those words stuck in my head like cement. I really should’ve died that day, so God must not be finished with me yet. And it’s a good question for all of us to ask—in a world full of sicknesses and risk, what has God kept us alive for? #31daysofcalling #lovesinethiopia
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. -Matthew 10:29
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. -Ephesians 2:10