As I was driving home this evening, I noticed an inordinate amount of traffic on my customary route. In fact, traffic had come to a complete standstill, and right away, I experienced a sense of alarm.
So I took a detour, and as I drove past the cause of the congestion, I prayed.
You see, there was a car accident on the expressway, and it clearly had just happened. As I drove past the scene, I observed ambulances, a fire truck, and a man – clearly somewhat injured – trying to ease himself onto a gurney.
So I prayed for anyone injured in the accident, and also asked God to give the EMTs and other first responders the wisdom and knowledge that they needed in order to deal with the situation as efficiently and compassionately as possible.
I also paused to thank God for giving me safe passage each day. After all, had I gotten on the road even a few minutes earlier, that could’ve been me in the car accident. 😩
It’s amazing to me how much we take driving for granted. If you stop and think about it, it’s actually a really serious thing; we’re driving these really heavy machines traveling at incredibly fast speeds, and it’s purely by God’s grace that we are able to make it from one place to another in safety. My experience from this evening confirms that truth to me.
So the next time you are in the car, ask the Lord to give you traveling mercy so that you can make it to your destination (and back again) in safety. This prayer only takes a few seconds, and honestly, what do you have to lose by asking the Lord to protect you as you go about your day?
Some food for thought.
Dear Lord, I thank You for giving me traveling mercies and keeping me safe as I went about my day today. God, I lift up the man who was injured in the car accident today, and pray that his recovery will be swift and sure. Help me to never take for granted the ways in which You watch over me each day. Indeed, I am thankful to You – daily (and sometimes, hourly). In Your name I pray, Amen.