Near death may be a little bit of a stretch. Near hospitalization and career change is probably the most accurate, although it could have been death…
Apparently passing blindly in no passing zones has been a thing lately as a friend of mine had a similar “near death” experience a couple days after mine. I will attempt to give the short version.
It was a two lane road. The speed limit was 50mph. Both shoulders of the road were banked and could not fit a full vehicle in some places. What appeared to be a red F-250 Crew Cab decided to pass a Truck with a Travel Trailer which was about half a football field away from me heading towards me. The red truck appeared to put peddle to the metal before noticing me and driving on the shoulder to my right. In half an instant I decided to drive between the two trucks and had slowed down to 35mph. About 50ft from me the red truck decided to drive in my lane. I quickly turned my wheel and headed toward the shoulder, which was not much of a shoulder. I knew I was going to be getting hit.
As the vehicle passed within inches of my small car, both of us at an angle on the road, I questioned my reality. I knew I had been hit somewhere. I was looking at my vehicle and body like I was looking for a misplaced cell phone. Somehow nothing was missing. I immediately dodged the power pole that was quickly approaching on the shoulder and continued down the road.
My adrenaline was pumping after my “near death” experience. I just couldn’t believe I was ok and my car didn’t get hit. When I got home I checked the vehicle several times in unbelief. I also spent time thanking God for His protection.
All of this excitement got me thinking about life and death. I had the “Is there meaning behind this?” moment. It didn’t last long. I was happy to be alive.
That afternoon I had the, “If I knew I was going to die tomorrow how would I live differently?” moment. I thought through how I live my life and realized the question actually didn’t make that much sense. If I knew I was going to die I would not go to work, invest in people, or invest in my future. I would have no vision. I would have to assume my purpose for being put on this earth was coming to an end.
My thoughts brought me back to the moment I had my “near death” experience. It confirmed my belief that God’s hand is upon my life. There is a reason for me being here and I know God has more for me. I was reminded of a couple verses:
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28
He who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by His grace… – Galatians 1:15
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. – Jeremiah 29:11
God is going to work things out for our good regardless of the circumstances!
He has a purpose for each of our lives which was decided before we were born!
I want to encourage you. If you are still living, there is a reason why. You have been called with a purpose. You were born with a purpose. God has your best in mind. He created you to fulfill your purpose in life. Your purpose is fulfilled in and through Christ Jesus.
If you feel like the dreams God has given you are dead, I have good news. Jesus loves to redeem things that have been lost and raise the dead back to life.
If you aren’t sure what your purpose is, pursue God and be faithful with what He has given you.
Thanks for reading and be blessed!