On July 24th 1997 I was in a car wreck, not just any fender bender, but a full blown total the car kind of wreck. You know you have always heard the saying: slow down or you are going to wrap your car around a tree......yeah, I did that! I was 18 and speeding...yes speeding (can you imagine an 18 year old speeding?) and hydroplaned on water that was running across the road. It had just rained like a monsoon and the roads were sopping wet. I lost control and started spinning in circles for what seemed like 10 minutes. My car then ran off a ravine and luckily hit a few trees that stopped me from going to the bottom. On the way off the road I remember seeing the side of the mountain and thinking "I am about to hit". The next thing I remember is waking up and seeing a tree right beside my head and feeling a sick feeling all over my body. What had happened was instead of hitting the mountain side I hit a tree head on about 5 feet off the ground which deployed my airbag. This picture is of the first tree I hit.
From the momentum of the spinning my car then flew through the air sideways and hit a tree to my left and wrapped itself around the tree. So when I awoke I literally saw my tail lights on the other side of the tree.
I didn't really know what was going on, but I knew that I had wrecked. I had started praying from the moment I lost control of my car. I grew up knowing God and with Him all around me, but had decided to live "my" life and not His. I was really good at playing the part of a Christian, you know the kind.... goes through the motions, but never has the personal relationship. I liked to live my life the way I wanted, but still put on my dress and headed to church on Sundays. I feared I had waited too late and I cried out prayers of desperation for Him to save me, to protect me, and for Him to forgive me. I thought surely my car would stop spinning and I would avert disaster. Little did I know that God had a bigger plan for my life and it wasn't my plan!
You will see the word "blessed" here a lot because I do not like to use the word "miraculous". Not because I do not believe that the events weren't miraculous, but it just makes me feel weird using that word so I like to say that I am blessed!
I was blessed that an old friend and his father were traveling that same road and just a few minutes behind me. You see, my car was jade green and it was late July in Alabama. Everything around was green and being down in the ravine you couldn't see my car from the road...it blended in nicely. They just happened to see the exhaust coming from my tail pipe and thought something was wrong with the picture. They stopped and found me. I wouldn't have been found if this blessing wouldn't have happened. They called for help and soon there after the paramedics and fire department arrived on scene and it took them 45 minutes to free me from my mangled car. This picture is them working on getting me out of the car. If you look closely you can see how high up my car hit on the tree.