Me + icy roads= my car in a ditch. Story to follow shortly. All I have to say is, it’s by the grace of God that I’m alive today. Which I guess goes for every day, but I’m especially feeling it today.

EDIT: Okay, here’s the story, in as few words as possible (which means this will be a novel). I left Memphis yesterday around 3-ish, and it was flurrying a little, but the roads were clear. No biggie. I briefly thought that maybe I should have checked the weather conditions for my route, but it was too late, so I just kept going. It started snowing not long after I got out of the Nashville area, and then I started to see ice on the interstate. Since I live in Memphis and icy roads occur as often as leap years, I have very little experience with driving in icy conditions. When I saw a lot of cars at a standstill up ahead of me, I slowed down and then put on my brakes. Bad idea. I spun out, slid off the interstate, and ended up in the median ditch, facing the opposite direction of traffic. After applying the gas a few times and hearing nothing but my tires grinding, I gave up on that idea and started to panic. Here it was 9:30, cold, snowing, and I was stuck in a ditch.

However, God was taking care of me. It just so happened that the reason all of the cars in front of me were stopped was because there was an accident involving 10 or so cars, which is the reason there just so happened to be a police car on the shoulder not 1/4 of a mile in front of me. He saw what happened to me, backed up, and came over to see if I was okay. I told him I was fine but stuck. He radioed for a tow truck that was up the road and made sure I was okay, and I couldn’t have asked for a nicer police officer. It took almost an hour for the tow truck to make it to me (the traffic was seriously backed up by that time, partly because of the aforementioned wreck and partly because the police car was blocking the lane closest to my car), but I called a friend to entertain me. By the time the wrecker came and got my car out, I was completely exhausted and every bone in my body was tensed up, so they let me follow them to a hotel in Cookeville. They took me to a very nice Days Inn, where they went inside, made sure there was a room available, and then wished me a safe trip home. Praise the Lord for good Southern men!

After I got settled in, I made several phone calls and tried to calm down. I think I thanked the Lord for saving me about 100 times. I know it wasn’t actually a big deal, but I was never so terrified as I was when my car was spinning out of control. Fortunately, the weather was clear the next morning and most of the snow and ice had melted off the roads, so I made it back to Knoxville with no problems. My car was a little less lucky, as the incident resulted in my having to replace my two rear tires, get them all aligned, and have my transmission flushed (the transmission needed flushing before the accident, so I just had it done while I was there).

Despite all of this, let me count the ways God has blessed me in this situation:

1. I was unhurt, and no one else was affected.
2. My car was not destroyed.
3. The police officer was there on the scene to help me.
4. My car didn’t end up stuck on the road, facing oncoming traffic.
5. I was within 5 miles of a city and a hotel.
6. There was a room available for me, and it had TWO beds and a flat-screen TV. Ha.
7. I had a full tank of gas.
8. I was able to talk to people on the phone the whole time I was waiting and panicking because I had a car charger.
9. I had friends who called and checked up on me and helped me.
10.A Valentine’s card was waiting for me when I got home.
11.The wrecker company took a check. (I’ve heard stories of them only accepting cash, which I never carry.)
12.My parents were wonderful, as usual.
13.I was able to get my car repaired and returned to me all in one day.
14.I didn’t miss my hours in the writing center.

How good He is!

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