Faithful Friday: The Accident II

24 January 2014

A few days before Thanksgiving my car decided that it wouldn't crank up. Thankfully I had done all my grocery shopping before hand but I needed it working for a date I was having with Kasey outside of the city. I had the car towed to a local Chevrolet repair shop in hopes that it could be fixed before the holiday. The mechanics had other plans and my car was out of commission for a whole week before they even looked at it.

When they finally ran a diagnostic test on my car they couldn't find anything wrong, and miraculously they were able to get it to crank in one try. I paid them the price for running the diagnostic and picked up my car. It seemed like it's normal self, but every time I went to crank it I was nervous. Ten days before Christmas I was packing my clothes and preparing to head to sunny Florida. I was excited to see my family and to soak up the sun. I was also getting ready to celebrate my blog anniversary. Then I got the news from my husband that while using my car he had been involved in an accident. 


Apparently on his way to run an errand he hit a huge patch of ice and the car lost control. It swerved and then flipped to the side. He had no injuries, no other cars were hit, no property was damaged - the airbags didn't even deploy. He told me that he could feel an Angel holding him in the seat because through all of that he did not move in the car at all, it was as if he was still driving straight. He was trapped in the car because it was on it's side, a stranger came and opened the hatch to my car and let him out. When he climbed out the person was gone, he didn't even get to say thanks. Thank's to God he was okay, he'd come close to being in an accident in November when two cars were drag racing on the highway. My husband is a very good driver and hardly drives my car but when he did this happened. I felt like I couldn't catch a break - I had been going through insane amounts of spiritual warfare since November.

I was grateful that my husband was okay, and as soon as I was able to see that he was fine my mind immediately switched to dealing with the car. My vehicle was 7 years old, still perfectly new in my eyes. I drove it off the lot in December 2006, it had about 5 miles after being tested. It never had any accidents or major repairs. Once we moved to NYC I only drove it when I needed to visit IKEA, do wedding photography, or grocery shopping in less than favorable weather. So that amounted to maybe once or twice a week. I was so angry that all this was happening when I was supposed to be enjoying myself and preparing for a wonderful vacation. I asked God why did this have to happen? Why now? I didn't want anything to put a damper on the time we had set aside to relax and see our families. I didn't want this to be on my mind.

I held my breath for a few days - waiting to hear news back from my insurance adjuster on what was going to happen with the car. I got a call the day before we were leaving to say that the car was a total lost. How? It had minor damage, nothing that I could see told me that it would be totaled! There was a broken window, a flat tire, and  a few cracks and dings to the body. Did I think the repairs would be expensive? Yes. But that's where full coverage insurance comes in. I stewed in the news and then hopped on the flight to Florida. On the plane I was a ball of nerves and I am never nervous when I fly. I started crying and I couldn't make myself stop. I opened my bible and read John 14:27 my go to scripture for times where I feel I don't have peace. Then I went to remove an index card from a space in my bible and it was pointing to Romans 8:28.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. - Romans 8:28 NIV
I have read that scripture countless times but this time it really resonated with me. Even with a series of unfortunate events God would work this all out for my good. So why should I worry? God had all the answers. Only God know why my car didn't start when I tried to drive it back in November, only God knows why of all the times I drive the one time my husband drives the car got totaled. Only God knows.

I read scriptures for about an hour on the plane, until peace washed over me. My focus shifted to surprising my family and going back to our home. On vacation I was consumed with family time, decorating our home, cooking and eating good food. I didn't think about that car not even once. When we finally flew into New York City I got a rental vehicle just in case I needed to go anywhere. A week after picking it up my insurance called to say that the car was deemed totaled and that they were ready to settle. By this time I had chosen my one word and decided to surrender it all to God. I waited for the numbers and praises to God they wanted to give me almost double of what my car was worth. I thanked them and told the where to mail the check. Part of me was still worried about securing a new vehicle but I knew that God would come through.

My husband had been researching cars since the accident. Last weekend he asked me if the Acadia was still my dream car. I told him yes and he took me a GMC dealer that he'd been speaking with. I was asked to chose a color and must have equipment while the dealer and my husband negotiated prices. After about an hour my husband had successful haggled the price of the car down by about 8 thousand dollars. I was astonished at how God was working in him. The dealer came to shake my hand and to congratulate me on the new car. I was bewildered at first but then I smiled and shouted hallelujah. Everyone in the dealership looked at me and laughed but I didn't care. They had no idea how much I had been going through, they had no idea how much I had been leaning on God to get me through, they had no idea that God had worked this all out for my good.

My old car has been picked up and taken to the car graveyard.

And on Wednesday we went to pick up my brand new dream car.

I prayed over it and asked God to let it be used for his glory. I thanked him for the future that we will have with the car, the weddings I will work, the babies I will drive around in it, and all the other works I will do to bring him glory. I thanked him for the path we had taken to get here. It may not have been ideal but his ways are always best. I am working each day to live surrendered to God. My only worry is where I will find parking for this huge thing when I am out working or grocery shopping in the city. Ha!

Your Turn: Has God worked any less than favorable situation out for your good? I want to hear about it!!

21 comments:

  1. What?! That's crazy! And sweet ride!!!

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  2. So sorry to hear about the scary accident, but so happy that Mr. Fix-it is okay! Angels were definitely holding him through that. Gave me chills to read about this! And congratulations on your dream car! Girlie, that car totally fits you!

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  3. It's beautiful!! Congratulations I'm so glad you were able to settle and get this beautiful car :)

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  4. What an experience and testimony to share! I am so glad and everyone is alright:) Such a blessing that you got your dream car, it is gorgeous!

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  5. wow - what a story!! glad your husband is okay & it's so awesome you got to get your dream car!! i love the faithfulness of our God! :)

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  6. When life hands you lemons, God makes lemonade! It's my motto. The devil will always do stuff to us to try and bring us down, but if we look up, God will turn it around and make it twice as nice. Awesome God we serve! Thank you for sharing :)

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  7. Jehovah Jireh, thank You Lord for providing my daughter with a new car. You are the giver of good gifts. You said that You would never leave nor forsake her and you have NOT. May she ALWAYS remember Your PROMISES.

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  8. Love this! Congrats on the new car. So wonderful how God uses these less than ideal situations for His purpose.

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  9. Congrats :) I'm glad everything worked out for you.

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  10. Giving HIM the Glory!!! To read that your husband said he felt like he was being held and that a stranger helped him and then he was gone that just confirms that there are literally angels on this earth. I am so happy to hear your sweetie is ok, and im excited about what God has done in your life!

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  11. Giving HIM the Glory!!! To read that your husband said he felt like he was being held and that a stranger helped him and then he was gone that just confirms that there are literally angels on this earth. I am so happy to hear your sweetie is ok, and im excited about what God has done in your life!

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  12. WHOOHOO! I literally shouted out in excitement for you, and then proceeded to read your post yo my Hubby. He was just saying, Oh praise the Lord, he is also excited for your new gift, and also the safety of your hubby. I know you husband had the hands of the lord on him. That is amazing! Love it!!!! I am so glad that God is working in your lives. OXOX

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    1. Oh and PS. That is my dream car, and I LOVE THOSE! I hope you love it!

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  13. What a series of unfortunate events at first, but what an amazing outcome! So glad everything worked out in your favor! The new car is beautiful. Yay!

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  14. God is SO good!!!! I love His faithfulness in this story. What a fun ending and surprise! So cool that you got your dream car too! Thanks for sharing!

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  15. Congrats, Charity! God works in mysterious ways. :-)

    p.s. The answer to your question is YES. Last year when my dad was in the coma, my mom and I were involved in a hit and run accident after leaving Bible study. One man who saw it, jumped in his car and followed the driver. Another man came to help us and another flagged down a police car that "happened" to drive up to the intersection right after. We both went to the ER, but I had some things going on and they wouldn't release me. My stay ended up overnight. I was overwhelmed, devastated to say the least because when that car hit us it felt like my world was literally crumbling apart. Well, we ended up having to go the long route and get a lawyer, but he was a good one and we were well compensated. Right before my dad went into the coma, he was trying to help me get my bathroom fixed. He wasn't able to do that but now with the wreck I will be able to do what he couldn't and I thank God for that.

    Thank you for the reminders of how God works. Sometimes I tend to get lost in the "drama" of everything that I fail to give Him the credit he deserves.

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