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INCIDENT ON THE HIGHWAY

The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and He delivers them. Psalm 34:7

Growing up, my family went to camp meeting every year. It was the time of year that my siblings and I looked forward to the most. When I was about eight years old, we were on our way to camp meeting. My mom, along with five of my siblings, were with me in the family car. My oldest sister and one of my other sisters were ahead of us on the highway in my sister’s car. We were on a part of the highway where the speed limit was 70 miles per hour. I was in the back seat by the passenger side window. We noticed that the car started to shake more than normal, but really did not think anything of it. Suddenly, there was a loud bang and my mom lost control of the vehicle, it spun around once or twice, then came to a stop facing the on-coming traffic. In the process of spinning, we had almost hit my sister who was in front of us, but she managed to get out of the way. As soon as she could safely do so, she pulled over and came running back to make sure we were all okay, and to help us get the car off the road before the traffic reached us. People on the other side of the road came to help us also. We got the car to the side and, just as we did, the first large truck came speeding down the road. Soon, an officer showed up on the scene. My mom was still in shock, so my oldest sister took charge. The officer took my mom and sister to get a tire to replace the one that had blown. When they returned, the officer helped us replace it and get back on our way. I believe that God held the traffic back that day. I remember that we had just passed the first truck two or three minutes before. It is a miracle that the truck did not go past until the car was off the road. We could have died that day, but God kept us safe. All I can do is thank God everyday for all the times that I have seen His hand in my life. Sometimes I wonder what He has planned for my life, but I know that it will work out the way He wants it to, and that is all I need to know.

By: Pricilla Eckright ('23)

Snowflake, Arizona

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