Elevation Worship Part Eleven.
Both cars were packed up and we were off on our 200 miles journey home, the weather was perfect Melanie was driving my car. In my car was Blue, Elijah and Gideon, they were playing hand held games. I was sitting at the front.
We were all relaxed and happy even I was, what was there not to be happy about, it was day time, the weather was perfect and we were going home.
We had not been in the car long when we came to a strange junction, it was a very wide road with traffic coming fast from our right and we had to go into the middle to wait and when it was clear we had to turn right to join all the fast moving traffic, so basically we would be turning right but would have to wait in the middle of the road.
Melanie waited a while at the junction, as there was no let up on the traffic speeding past us from the right, my fears and stress levels went right up from 0 to 10 as I too nervously watched the fast moving cars speeding past us, then she drove into the middle of the very wide road, now we, I suppose had to wait until it was clear and safe to do so, so we could turn to the right, Melanie and myself looked to our left at the speeding oncoming traffic going about 70mph and at that point as we looked to our left painted on the ground on my left was a white stop sign with a thick line about 3 yards long (where a car should stop, a sort of junction in the middle of the road) but as we looked to our left a very, very fast car was coming towards us and I assume it would speed past us as it was on the main, right of way road, but Melanie didn’t stop in the middle and I shouted to her as loud as I could, “STOPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP!”
Everything happened SO fast in seconds, the car that was just about to kill us all, stopped on the white line as Melanie firmly and in control, with authority held onto my right forearm, said, “It’s alright, everything is alright, are you OK?” I was SO frightened, I thought I was going to die, I’ve always wondered how it would happen, I thought this was it, curtains! What an awful way to go, in fear and not at peace. We crossed safely to the other side and I said, “I’ve been in two car accidents within six months, I’m still waiting for counselling for the one I had six months ago.” I was really shaken up inside, my stress level was still at 10.
Melanie said, “I’m tired, would you mind driving, as I’ve not had much sleep while we were in the tent as my blow-up bed kept going down in the night?” I felt bad, as this lovely person had given up her comforts for me, she had given me her camp bed, and I’d slept well, she’d said nothing the whole time we were there, I said, “Yes I will drive, we can swop over at the next service station we come to.” I texted Ruth in the car behind us, and she told her Mum.
I’m a morning person, so I was alert, but nervous as it was about 150 miles to go, that’s a long time to keep concentration with precious lives on board, not just myself to think of. At the service station we all had my favourite, MacDonald’s and I felt happier and a bit less nervous.
At first, I didn’t speak as I drove, but as I relaxed, I was OK and joined in the conversations with the others, as that’s what I’m used to with my non driver Husband and kids and the people I drive at work.
It was a lovely journey home, we all arrived home safe I drove them to MP’s house as my gazebo and other items were there, I met Blue’s Parents and we hugged and I drove the many miles to my home.
I as arrived home, I breathed a silent prayer to G-D and thanked Him for bringing us safely home. Seriously, would I do all that again next year? I’ve learnt to never say never.