Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Car Crash (12-29-10)

“It’s all because of Jesus I’m alive.”

This is true every day. The fact that we wake up every morning is God’s decision. But Sunday morning in church, that statement meant so much more to me.

Wednesday night when I got back from Ponca, I drove to Laker’s. We hung out for a bit, then loaded up the car – clothes for a couple of days, my cello, his guitar, presents - & left to go to Shawnee to spend Christmas with Momma Burrough, Becc, Blake, Ethan, & Rachel. We’d been talking about it for over a week, & were super stoked.

We had City & Colour playing. Laker & I were talking & having a pretty peaceful conversation. We drove 6 blocks & stopped at the red light on 10th & Broadway. The light turned green & we drove forward. Next thing I know, I’ve got an airbag in my face, my ear is ringing, & smoke is coming from the front of the car. At first I didn’t know what happened, but then I realized airbag = wreck. I looked over at Laker & asked if he was okay, then realized I was breathing out some kind of dust or smoke. Laker jumped out of the car & ran around to check on me, & I looked up to see the big truck that had hit us, & two guys running towards us from the car behind it. They asked if we were okay, while I was still trying to piece together exactly what happened.

I got out of the car right as the fire truck pulled up. An ambulance arrived shortly after, & an EMT started questioning us. Aside from a seatbelt burn, some bruises, & some raw skin on my nose from the airbag, I was fine. Laker complained about chest pains, so the firemen took his vitals. The police arrived, & the guys who had checked on us gave them an account of what happened – It was a “left turn yield on green,” & the other driver didn’t yield, he just drove straight into us. Laker’s car was totaled, but it was the other driver’s fault so Laker doesn’t have to pay for the damages.

Looking back, all I can think about is how fortunate we were. The fact that the whole front of the car was dented in, & both airbags went off… It could have been a lot more serious. We made it out with only bruises & burns. God was definitely looking out for us.

If I got anything out of this experience, it’s that I can’t take anything for granted. Things can change in an instant. We are so arrogant to make plans & expect them to always succeed. Also, the people in your life are irreplacable. If something had happened to Laker, I don’t know what I would have done. Don’t take anyone for granted. Appreciate every minute you have with them, & live every moment to the fullest.

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