Safe Travels

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. ๐Ÿ˜ฉ

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 โ€“ daily (and sometimes, hourly). In Your name I pray, Amen.

11 thoughts on “Safe Travels

  1. I went on a long road trip yesterday with my Christian friend Anthony. We drove from London to Norwich and back all in one day. Before we set out we said a prayer that God would bless our journey and protect us.

    Actually, we had a similar experience to you. Traffic came to a standstill on the motorway and lots of police, ambulances, fire engines, and other vehicles with flashing rights rushed to the scene. When the traffic started moving again we saw an overturned car and sign posts that had been struck in the accident.

    Like you, we said a prayer for everyone involved in the accident and in the recovery process. We felt sad. And the whole day as we were driving I was aware of the same thing you mentioned – how easily accidents can happen when we travel at high speeds.

    In the area where I live in South London, the drivers seem to be particularly bad! Even when I pop out to the newsagent I normally say a prayer that God would protect me from road accidents and injuries because I often see people driving straight through red lights and being reckless in other ways.

    It’s a fragile existence and we are totally dependent on God to protect us each day!

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    1. Thank you for sharing your story, Steven. Our experiences do seem to be very similar (although I was a little sleepy when I pecked out my post last night, so I’ve gone back and removed the typos :o). As always, thank you for your thoughtful comment!

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  2. I had this post on my mind when my mom and I drove into town last Thursday morning, and I said a quick prayer of protection. On the way home, the front wheel began to smoke; apparently there was something wrong with the brakes. I’m so thankful I saw the smoke in time. We made it home safely, but we had to get towed. God is good; He kept us safe! ๐Ÿ™‚

    And I must admit, it was kinda cool riding in a wrecker… XD

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