In the years I have been able to drive a vehicle, I’ve driven over 1,000,000 miles! It’s crazy. And I’ve flown over 1 million miles as well! I get tired thinking about it. The part of grace that overwhelms me is being accident-free in both forms of travel. (Yes, I really appreciate being accident free when it comes to air travel :))

I have been in a car accident though. I claim accident-free driving because I was 100 percent not at fault for this accident. It also showed me the dire importance of God’s word in our hearts and daily lives.

Let me explain.

As a newly engaged guy, I was driving a Mercury Tracer down a four-lane highway. It was snowing and the traffic was tight but still moving about 40 mph. As the highway curved, a Suzuki Samuri jeep going the opposite direction lost control and jumped the median.

I saw it coming and immediately locked my arms to brace for the impact. The jeep hit me and another car head on. It crushed the whole right side of my car, and we spun in our lane.

It took a second to sit and breathe, but then I was able to get out of my vehicle and check on the other drivers. All were good. The cars, not so much. All three cars were totaled.

It could have been worse. I remember thinking I was grateful for my quick reaction to brace myself before impact.

The next morning as I was getting ready I noticed something on my skin. From the top of my left shoulder diagonally across my chest was bruised and a rope-burn-type mark near my hip. I realized it was the mark from seatbelt where it had held me during impact in the accident!

I didn’t hold myself when the jeep hit me head on. It was my seatbelt. I learned later that trying to hold yourself during impact of a car accident is useless. It’s like sticking your arms straight out in front of you and run at a wall as fast as you can. Let me know how that turns out.

The thing is I grew up without wearing a seatbelt. I began to wear it when states made it a law. Then I made it a habit.

I really love that law! Because of it, I walked away from a pretty big impact with some soreness and bruising but that’s it.

My point is not to get into a seatbelt law good or bad debate. It’s more important than that.

It’s about why God says to meditate on Him and His Word all the time. It’s why He gave us Commandments to obey. It’s why he calls the Word a Living Word and that we need this Bread of Life every day. It’s why we want to make it a habit.

There are so many times in life that we cannot see what’s coming; we cannot prepare for impact. And even if we have that quick reaction, we cannot save ourselves.

This world is full of unwanted surprises, tragedies, pain, and hurt.

Jesus did not promise a life without hurt. He did, however, give us truth to wrap ourselves in: that He would never leave us, and if we put God’s Word in our lives daily we will know real living, even in moments of impact.

Maybe it’s time to create a new seatbelt habit with God’s Word?

Some how for you were you are taking in God’s absolute truth for the moments you see coming and the ones who surprise you. It can be really good for us to love the Law!

Buckle up! (spiritually speaking)

God is good all the time!


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