Car crash

September 28, 2020 · Print This Article

Have you ever been in a car accident? I have been in 2 in my life. Both bad ones.

In the first, I was an 11 year old passenger in an Austin Healey 100, sitting on the transmission tunnel, with my older brother, aged 17, in the passenger seat and my younger brother, aged 9, sitting on his lap. My older brother’s friend had been given the car by his parents as a present for passing his test. He was showing off, tried to beat a petrol tanker across a junction but didn’t make it. My two brothers were thrown out of the car with such force that they took the passenger door with them. My elder brother had a badly scarred leg for the rest of his life and scars on his back and side where he hit the road and slid along it. My younger brother was on top when they hit the road so he was shaken but unhurt, The rear wheels of the petrol tanker ran over his left arm leaving scars on that also. Thankfully, all of us survived.

My second crash was in Berlin in my army days. I was 21. Coming back from a night out driving my Opel Kapitan, I hit the back of a Mercedes 4 ½ ton truck that was coming out of a field. Had I not hit the truck, the car would have rolled, because in trying to avoid a collision I had caused the car to skid and we were on two wheels just before impact. Again thankfully,  me and my 3 passengers survived with no injuries except a few bumps and bruises. It turned out to be an army truck and there should have been a soldier in the road waving a red light in warning. But a minute earlier, he had nipped into the field to answer a call of nature.

In both accidents, all of us could easily have been seriously injured or even killed. Both accidents happened before seat belts became compulsory, in fact neither car even had them fitted.

So it is sobering to look back on those 2 car crashes and wonder, was our survival just luck or something more? In both cases, the more I think about it, the more convinced I am that God protected me and the other passengers.

I was not a Christian at the time, and being a Christian is no guarantee that you will sail through life unharmed. I know a believer who died in a car crash, others who died of cancer or other diseases when they were comparatively young. Why didn’t God protect them and keep them alive? If he is God, then surely he has the power to do so.

For some people such situations are enough to put them off Christianity because they have a wrong concept of God. They think he’s like a slot machine that you put your money in and always win.

So how about you? Have you been in a bad car crash or had a family member or close friend have a serious and potentially fatal illness? Did they die or survive? Do you think it is just a question of luck or is it possible they were protected in some way? Do you think death is the end or is there something beyond death? Does death – either your own death or that of a family member or friend – frighten you?

Maybe you have faced such a situation and you are asking yourself why? Or maybe your life is a car crash in the other sense of the phrase and you need help you can’t get anywhere else.

At some point in everyone’s life we all need to face life’s big questions for ourselves. I don’t pretend to have all the answers, but I know a God who does and I can point you in his direction. If you need that help, email me at the address below

Ask, and it will be given to you. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be open to you. Matthew chapter 7, verse 7.

Keith Hartrick

Keith is an editor at Because

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