Mysterious Ways: Get Out of the Car, Now!

I drove my pregnant wife to work safely one rainy February day... but I almost didn't make it back home.

By Chris Teti, La Jolla, California

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When your wife is pregnant, you try to take every precaution possible. Which is why I drove my wife Katherine’s Toyota to drop her off at work one rainy February morning, instead of my pickup truck. San Diego doesn’t get many chilly days, but this was one of them. “My truck has no heat,” I reminded her, as I pulled out the driveway, “and besides, the roof leaks. The last thing you need is to get sopping wet.”

I dropped Katherine off downtown, found the freeway and headed toward home. Man, there were a lot of accidents. Every few minutes, it seemed, I heard the whine of a police or ambulance siren. It doesn’t rain much here, and when it really pours, it throws drivers for a loop. I pulled into the slow lane, thinking, No way am I taking any chances.

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Just then, an SUV slid across the road in front of me. It skidded into my lane, out of control, hydroplaning. I braked hard.

The SUV flew past me, through the guardrail and down an embankment. My God! I thought.

I pulled to the apron of the freeway, reached for my cell phone and dialed 911. “I want to report an accident,” I said. The police dispatcher said they’d respond right away. I debated getting out to check on the driver, but it didn’t seem safe. Cars whizzed by me. I’ll just wait in the car until help arrives.

The strangest feeling suddenly came over me. As perilous as it looked outside, I heard a voice from deep within me urge, Get out of the car now! Maybe the other driver needed me?

I bolted as if given an electric shock. Left my wallet, my cell phone, didn’t even turn off the car. I sprinted toward the embankment where the SUV had tumbled. The driver was making his way up the hill. He had been alone in the vehicle and was unhurt. I was about to say how glad I was for him, when a runaway pickup skidded across the highway just as the SUV had.

The pickup missed me by ten feet, then smashed full-bore into my wife’s Toyota. The thing was t-boned. If I had stayed in the car, I’d be dead.

Katherine gave birth five months later. I’m thankful to be a father, and thankful for the mysterious urging that helped me live to see that joyous day.

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Awesome article! Reminds us that everyone is placed on this earth to do a job. It is not our time until we do that job. God bless and thank the good lord!!!

This happened to me as well. I was alone in our home doing dishes one night when I heard very clearly an urgent Voice within to pray for my teenaged daughter, Angie, who was at a sleepover with two of her best friends. It was around 8:00 in the evening and I silently replied, "Okay, when I get these last few dishes" and the voice inside commanded, "NO! NOW!" I threw down my dishrag and ran to my bedroom and fell on my knees beside my bed. I prayed, "Lord, I don't know what this is all about, but please keep Angie safe where ever she is". It was then that peace returned to me and I finished up the dishes. The next morning when Angie checked in with me she said, "Mama, you won't believe what happened to me last night!" Remembering the command to pray for her I asked her what happened and she said that she and her two friends were on their way to the new mall and were laughing and talking and playing the radio and they didn't see or hear the train speeding toward them on the railroad tracks that didn't yet have a gate at the crossroad. She said something told her to look in her rear view mirror and when she did she saw her tail lights bouncing off the train! It missed her by a hair! With my heart in my throat I asked what time that happened and she said, "Around 8:00 o'clock because the mall closed at nine and that's why we were taking the back roads so we could get their quicker". I then shared my experience with her about the command to pray for her at that same time and she said, "Well, it's a good thing you obeyed, Mama, or I wouldn't be here to tell you about it!" She went on to marry her high school sweetheart, went to college, and is now a Pharmacist and has two beautiful children. Look at all I would have missed (and she as well) had I not obeyed our Lord. I am still so very grateful to Him and His command and that I kept my heart open to Him 24/7 and still do. Of course as you can see, I highly recommend it!

Yes, You should listen to this voice inside you. It never fails you.

We experienced a similar incident when the hand of God’s angel elevated our vehicle to prevent us from a head-on collision. I submitted the story to Guideposts for publication.

Congratulations on being a dad, and may the Lord continue to bless you and your loved ones as He did during the accident.

Thanks and God Bless you! We have new challenges right now, but as long as we have each other, we'll be fine!

The Lord protects His children. All glory and honor to the most powerful Almighty God. Our love to Him always and forever.

I say a prayer for everyone who is in need of help today....all you need is within the sound of your voice.......just bow your head and say " I need your help dear Jesus, please come and take my hand!.....then just say Amen for Jesus knows your every need.......

God is such a good God!!!
Dear Jacob, After reading your comment I did exactly what you said to do. Boy, Did I cry my heart out to God because yes, I'm going through a difficult time right now.
Your comment really touched my heart and God bless you abundantly For having such a caring loving heart for others. ❤

Janie, I am praying with you. May God bless you with a sense of calm and certainty, so that you go forward raising your children and loving your husband in gentle peace. Remember that all God's children will come back to Him in their own time. Those we love will find Him when they hear Him and when they need Him. Sometimes they just need to make a few mistakes, and grow a little first. Your oldest boy is trying his wings; trust that the Lord has him in hand. Enjoy the dear time with your little ones who are just beginning. You are in a most special position. May God bless you with peace, and all your family with the greatest love, in His name.

Thank you, Adoration, for your words to Janie. I, too, can relate, as my adult son is "in transition" and jobless. I am trying to learn to "let go and let God" and I know He is in control. Please pray for me and that God will direct my son to the job He wants him to have. (He will be speaking to a prospective employer today.) Thank you for your prayers.

PRAISE THE LORD!

Janie,

I will pray for you and your family this morning. I KNOW that God is going to honor and answer your prayers for your family, and I will gladly add my prayers to yours and the other people here. John 16:23-24.

Also, I will pray for your financial needs. I am also going through a tough time regarding finances, so I can pray with great EMPATHY for those needs. May the God of the universe provide you with BLESSINGS and MIRACLES TODAY!

Janie, I saw your comment and just took time to pray and agree with you for each of your family's needs. Please look at Joel 2:25 when you get discouraged. God WILL work in this and then the devil will try to tell you how hopeless it all is anyway because you've all made so many mistakes that if you were perfect today you'd still never do better. That is NOT true. Be faithful, sister. You are not alone in your battle even if you don't see those who pray for you. God will restore the years the locust has eaten.

I will join in with prayer for you and your family. The world needs Jesus peace within them.

My family and I are in financial credit card debt and need prayers for that but I pray mostly for oldest son who is 21,is gone with friends for sometimes days like now partying, my husband to come to know the Lord. I worry about them more than the finances but don't know what to do but turn it over to the Lord which I have done. I take my 5 and 3 yeard olds to Church with me every Sunday morning and I read my Bible everyday but my home is full of chaos, I need peace in my home and within my family. I will continue to invite them both to Church in hopes that one day very soon they will give their lives to Jesus. that is my fear that they won't have the time to do it if they don't hurry up and do it now. please, please Pray for us and our needs. I thank you Father, for all that you are and all that you have blessed me and my family with. I love you God with my heart, mind and soul. thank you Guideposts for your thoughts and prayers.

God Bless you and your family Janie!