23 April 2005 ~ 1 Comment

Car Accident

It was a real long night without much sleep last night, and I think I’m still trying to process everything that happened in the past 24 hours. Rachel and I were woken up at about 12:30 a.m. to the sound of a loud bang. I decided to step out on the balcony to see if it actually was anything when I saw a major accident right on our corner. I called 911 who already had people on the way. After hanging up, Rachel noticed that my Jeep which I had parked on the street just a few hours earlier was up on the curb.
I threw on some clothes and went downstairs to find out what had happened and what I needed to do about my Jeep. I was not close to prepared for what I found. I will spare the details cause they’re pretty unpleasant, but it was a really bad scene. It was clear from the things I saw that someone hadn’t made it through the accident, and it was a lot harder to stomach than I could have ever imagined. I gave the cops my info and got out of their way and went back upstairs to Rachel.
All of a sudden my Jeep wasn’t the least bit important. In light of everything that we knew was going on downstairs, there was a lot to talk about and process together. It was so evident to me last night just how fragile life is. It is so short and we never know when that last moment may be coming. We took time to pray for those involved, for the families of those involved and for the police officers and fire fighters who have to see this kind of thing on a daily basis. It’s so scary at times to think about how quickly, easily, and unexpectedly something like that can happen. I just know that I was deeply effected by the things that I saw last night. God is so good and I am so blessed to have all that he’s given me.
This morning I was able to visit my Jeep to survey the damage more thouroughly. Below are some pictures I took of it.




Needless to say, (but I will), it was pretty jacked up. It was actually shoved about 8 feet forward and hit the truck in front of it which hit the truck in front of it which hit the SUV in front of it which tapped the car in front of it. I took it in to the shop today and they told me it is definitley going to be totaled.

While I have to admit I am pretty bummed about losing the Jeep, I also have to admit that I am just very thankful that Rachel and/or I were not in it. So, I guess it’s time for the car hunt to begin. Any suggestions? I don’t think Rachel wants another Jeep, and it’s probably not the wisest gas wise either.

All in all, it was a pretty sobering experience. It was a great reminder to me to just be thankful for every moment I have with those I love, and really to make the most of the time I have in giving back to God. Please keep it on your heart to pray for the family of the person in the passenger seat who lost his life as well as for the drivers of both cars who made it out ok.

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