I believe the Lord is always acting on our behalf but sometimes His intervention is so remarkable it demands a response and calls for a reassessment, or ‘turn around’, as I realised when my car literally turned around on the Linksfield Road off-ramp just before 11am on Thursday morning last week (21 July).
I had been driving from our offices in Alberton to an appointment in Edenvale with Edenvale Police Station Commander Colonel Eddie Trollip. Col Trollip will soon be leaving the station and Col Robbie Roberts, previously head of Edenvale Police’s Crime Prevention Unit, will be stepping in as acting Station Commander.
As I drove up the incline towards Linksfield Road, I lost control of the car. The steering wheel seemed to lock towards the left, where there was a steep incline leading to the highway below. Driving at speed, it appeared there was no chance the car would be able to stop before it hit the barrier, which separated my car from what appeared a substantial plummet towards the ground below (see accompanying pictures).
As the car hit the barrier, it began to spin, spinning a full circle to land facing the opposite direction, parallel to the barrier, in the safety lane. The impact of the spinning caused the car’s electronic mechanism to switch off completely, and I sat there stunned, staring at the digital clock screen which had previously read 10.38am but was now completely blank. Cars continued to zoom past me, confused to see a car facing in the opposite direction.
I noticed someone running up towards the car. It was a construction worker who had been working with his colleagues nearby. He had witnessed the whole thing, and came running up to me with his hands on his head in disbelief. “You have God on your side,” he said to me, saying he had believed there was going to be a bad crash.
The man, Peter, was one of two Good Samaritans who assisted me on the day. The other, Gerrit van Zyl, from The Alterations Company in Benoni, stopped his car to assist and waited until help arrived, even giving me a Coke to drink to help with shock. Remarkably, half an hour before the incident occurred, my sister in Christ Thobile had sent me this verse of scripture on WhatsApp: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10). She had also written in her message that with Him, “…We become overcomers in our battles”. I believe the way things turned out was a complete miracle as the damage to my car was minimal and I got out of the car with no injuries. This miracle has no doubt got me thinking about the power of the Lord. In the car, I had felt powerless to do anything to change the situation but as I cried out to Him in my heart, He heard and, by grace, everything was turned around – even my car.
Author Paul Coelho writes of these miracle moments: “Every day, God gives us… a moment when it is possible to change anything that is causing us unhappiness. The magic moment is the moment when a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’ can change our whole existence. Every day, we try to pretend that we do not see that moment, that it does not exist, that today is the same as yesterday and that tomorrow will be the same too. However, anyone who pays close attention to his day will discover the magic moment. It might be hidden in the instant that we put the key in the door in the morning, in the moment of silence after supper, in the thousand and one things that appear to us to be the same…”
The thinking is that every day is pregnant with miracles, opportunities for our lives to do a turnaround – we just need to see and recognise, and then embrace these new chances.
I would like to thank Peter and Gerrit, my Good Samaritans (pictured), and Jesus, for His faithfulness.