Well. I finally did it! I got my winter tires on. Only after we received about 30 centimeters of snow in two days. You can just imagine how much flack I got from all the men in my life. It’s just not something that I think about until, of course, we get a big dumping of snow. Tires are something that never run through my mind on a daily basis.
My daughter did remind me though, that last winter we almost had an accident with a huge transport truck that pulled out in front of me on a double highway, and I couldn’t get stopped. We almost were sandwiched under his truck bed, but by the grace of God, I was able to pull over to the side of the road and get stopped. It was very blizzard like conditions, and the transport must not have seen my white vehicle in the white out condition. I was going too fast for the road conditions and was speeding up with the touch of my brakes and headed right for his trailer.
Through this experience, I traumatized my daughter. She now doesn’t like meeting a transport, or driving behind a transport, especially in the snow.
During our 30 centimeters of snow, winter tireless, my daughter and I had to run an errand, and of course we met many transport trucks on our journey as we always would. She made the comment that there were a lot of trucks on the road that day. There really were no more trucks on the road than normal, but she was reliving her nightmare experience while sitting in the passenger’s seat. With the snow and the scenery surrounding her, she was sensitive to the situation. She was probably getting nervous every time that we met a transport.
This is the way our mind works. We relive our negative experiences over and over and don’t let them go. We focus on our fears. Visions of our misfortune haunt us. Instead of my daughter focusing on the positive of this experience, that we escaped what could have been a tragic accident, she focuses on the negative and how scary it was to be exposed to almost driving under a transport truck.
Philippians 4:6-7 reassures us, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
God doesn’t want us to focus on our fears. He wants us to be thankful that he helped us escape an accident that could have hurt or even killed us. Our experiences in life should teach us, not scar us. We aren’t supposed to understand the peace that will come over us when we give our hearts and minds to Christ, we are just supposed to trust and have faith that he will relieve all our anxiety if we go to him in prayer.
It’s been a year since this incident has scarred the mind of my daughter, and I am trying my best to guide her with the power of prayer and faith, but it’s hard to let go of this fear and give it all to God. It’s a matter of trust, and the world can be a scary place to trust when big transports are roaming around to mow you down in a snow storm, but we have to learn to let go of the experience in our lives that have left us damaged. Just keep turning to go, and he will steer those big bullies off the road and keep you safe, even in the worst of storms.