This is the beginning of my story, at least this particular one.
On Wednesday afternoon, October 12, 2016, I was on my way to the surgeon’s office. I was hoping it would be my last visit after having surgery last May.
I didn’t make it to the surgeon’s office.
As I was driving down Independence Blvd. toward town in the middle lane with cars on my right and on my left, we were all going at least 50 MPH.
For any of you who do not know Independence Blvd. (Hwy 74) through Charlotte, NC, it is one of the main thorough-fares through the city.
All of a sudden, my car made a horrible noise. It completely turned off – no brakes – steering becoming terribly hard to manage – no power – everything gone.
Flipping on my flashers quickly, I immediately had an opening in the right lane that only the angels of the Lord could have opened, and I was able to pull the steering wheel enough to get over against the curb in a merge lane.
The car finally came to a stop, but I couldn’t start it again.
I called OnStar, and they were getting ready to send me a tow truck, but it would take 70-90 minutes to get there. By that time, a police officer had pulled up behind me with his lights flashing.
As he came up to my window, he overheard the ’70-90 minutes’ from OnStar, and he said, “You cannot be out here on Independence waiting for a tow truck that long. It’s too dangerous.” He said he could get one much quicker. He called and his guy was probably there in 15-20 minutes. As he was pulling my car up on his truck, my daughter, Deb, came from work to pick me up.
By the way, the police officer who came to my rescue told me he hated Independence Blvd., because of how dangerous it is. He said so many times, while he is working one wreck, other wrecks will happen all around him.
I was blessed in several ways – no one hit me at all with that sudden experience – there was a space that came open for me to go completely across the right lane to the merge lane – there was no screeching of brakes nor any horn that blew – and then…
The policeman went back to his car for a little bit. When he came back I was thanking him over and over for his kindness and I told him I prayed for all the police officers because I had a nephew who was a policeman. And he said, “Oh, yes, Tony”!
I asked him how in the world he knew (since he had not even asked my name yet). He said that he ran a check on my license plate and came up with ‘Chesser’, and there weren’t that many Chessers around. He said he was a friend of Tony’s, and he also knew ‘Andy’, who is Andrea, Tony’s sister. She used to be a medic. So I felt like I was with family!
God is good!!
As of now, my car is in the shop, and with first checking it out, the engine has blown. The mechanic said it was no fault of mine. There was plenty of oil in the engine and I had maintained the car well, so it was in perfect condition; it was just a catastrophic engine break down.
He will be pulling the engine out, taking it apart, and seeing if it is less than replacing the whole engine, but at his first glance, that is the worst scenario.
Thank God for His protection!! That could have hurt so many people as well as me, so I’m blessed!
Looking back upon the incident, I had no fear nor panic. I just could not figure out what in the world all the noise was, and what in the world had just happened.
Today, I felt I was to post this. Some who are reading this may feel like your ‘engine’ has gone to pieces. You may have had a bad report. You may be going through a difficult time.
I just want to encourage you! In your weakest moment, in your time of despair, Jesus is there! When you think He does not care, His thoughts are upon you! (Jeremiah 29:11)
As I was driving down Independence Blvd. on Wednesday afternoon, I don’t remember praying or even thinking about the Lord at that moment, but ‘in the twinkling of an eye’, (I Corinthians 15:52) He was there!
Yes, I do know that ‘I Corinthians 15:52’ is talking about the coming of the Lord, but He certainly came into my situation on Wednesday!
His Word is true! God is not man, so He does not have the ability to lie! (Numbers 23:19)
You can put your whole trust in our God! There is NO THING (NOTHING) that takes God by surprise.
If you don’t know this God – Who is our Savior, our Protector, our Provider, our Healer, our soon-coming KING – He’s waiting for you!
9 that if you CONFESS WITH YOUR MOUTH THE LORD JESUS and BELIEVE IN YOUR HEART THAT GOD HAS RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD – YOU…WILL…BE…SAVED!! 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”
If you have now confessed Jesus Christ as your Lord, and you have believed in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, welcome to the family of God!!
I’m now expecting to spend eternity with you!
You can trust God!
OUR GOD IS FAITHFUL!