Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Experiencing God's sovergienty Part III, an unexpected incident:

So this was meant to be a post on my unemployed situation, however events changed it.

Last Wednesday I crashed my car, like totally!!! Going down to Cornwall for a week to do some bits around our property there, anyway after 6 ½ hours travelling we left the dual carriageway onto the country roads. Going around one corner about 35 I realised that I was going too fast and too wide, I put on my breaks and steered in. However my back skidded out and I spun about 90 degrees to face the hedgerow (Cornish ones are normally stone!) which I promptly steered away from but my back again slammed into the hedge, I hit the verge and the car went over. The car rolled over onto the drivers side which made the window shatter, then onto the roof where it stopped in the middle of the road.

So then alls quiet, I’m hanging upside down in the car, this is a really novel experience, however I don’t suggest you try it, just go to Alton towers! first I wonder if I’m alright, yup all seems like I can move, but my cousin hasn’t said anything its soo quite. I ask if he’s okay he replies he is, and we stay upside down. I then suggest we might release our seatbelts, we do and land in the car (me on all the glass!. I put the hazards on and think... we need to get out the car, I ask is Chris can get his door open, he cant. I try mine, I have to kick it open. Then we crawl out the car. Then we stand there in the dark looking at the car. All I can think of is it’s a dream, it must be a dream, I didn’t roll my car. Then I look and realise its real. DAMN ! And only 8 miles from out destination.

So we’re out and a friendly guy phones the ambulance (a not so friendly woman informs us she phoned the police). I now check myself and find I’m dripping blood all over the road, and my arm is sore. Checking it in the headlights of the not so friendly woman’s car who seems much put out she has to turn on her lights it looks okay if bloody. The ambulance arrives and the most awesum Cornish dude gets me in and starts checking me out. He makes jokes, gently rebukes, calms us, and gives me a shoulder to (literally) cry on. Reminding us we are alive! The main thing they were after is if I was drinking (a firm no). The police arrive, take my details breathalyse me, and then take the car away as they have no more interest, I’m insured, I’m sober no more to it.

Then of to hospital after as much stuff is retrieved as possible, including one of my fog lights!. After a wait I get seen, and what follows can only be described as torture! One hours of arm scrubbing and glass removal and stitches (13 ow ow ow!!). Interestingly I have unusually tough skin, good in some way, bad when being stitched. I always knew I was a thick skinned individual! 13 stitches and 5 shots of local anesthic later we are let go. We arrive back at our destination at 12am. 13 ¾ hours journey, a new record.

So what was that all about.

Well a lot to thank God for, only my arm was hurt, I mean I rolled a car, not many people say they’ve done that and walked out of it. Again thankfully God is in control. I AM ALIVE !!!

At the same time if God is in control why did he let me roll the car??

A lot of factors were in this, road conditions (wet and muddy as we found out later when looking back at it) my driving and tiredness not bad but could have been better.

Its just a whole muddy cauldron of “what2 and “why”. But thinking about God’s sovereignty this does reaffirm he in control, and I will have scars to remind me if I forget. I guess most of this I am still working through, I am very shaken up from it, but I suppose I can find comfort in the fact my work on this planet Is not done, God doesn’t want me to be with him yet.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Three Practical experances of God's sovergienty
(Part 2)

This post is about an experience but it really isn’t mine. As I visited Sam last Thursday I was again reminded of God’s sovereignty.

Sam (he will be the first to admit) is not the most organised or time conscious person. So as relay began to approach its final term he had yet to do anything about jobs. However word alive approached. A fun (albeit cold) time for all). Sam chose to attend some of the “Godly man” seminars by Kent Hughes. In the second seminar being a godly man in the workplace they were split into small groups within the seminar. In this group Sam met a guy to did computer and software engineering, the same thing as Sam did his degree in. They got talking and went to coffee. It turned out this guy had his own business and was looking to recruit, he gave Sam his card and asked for his CV.

Now Sam being Sam waited a long time before handing in his CV, it happened that when he did do it the guy and his wife had been praying the night before for him and for his CV to arrive. Sam had his interview and got offered the Job.

Now if that was enough Sam’s fiancée’ Rosie also was looking for speech therapy jobs, they were hoping she would find somewhere that they could keep in close contact as relay had been a challenge with distance. Rosie applied for some, got some rejections but got a job in Watford…. where Sam had just got his job.

It amazes me that in the space of a month Sam and Rosie can both get jobs in the same area. Also the circumstances around Sam’s job are amazing. You can see God setting up people in places, using prayer and managing to use Sam despite his bad time keeping !!!!!!1

So application, well it seems if God can do all this for his children I know I can trust him in my present circumstances. I can see God’s full control over all this and am assured and comforted by it.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

3 pratical experances of God's sovergienty (and thier aplications)
part I

What follows is an account of last week:

I nearly hit a kid in my car. I was driving down the windy roads of Tunbridge wells to sainsburies, I had finished work so I was tired. It was a 30 zone but I was doing 24, which is slow for a road that I know, I am often round there at 30 as its normally clear and few cars on the road. I was coming round the corner past the bus stops and heading to the roundabout. Suddenly a kid runs out into the road, must have been what 12 or sumthing, but he runs and stumbles and gets up and looks at me and legs it. I slammed on my brakes stopping in time and gave him a blast of my horn. Stupid stupid stupid kid. I mean he ran our and stumbled. it was lucky I saw him!

what if I was going faster, even at 30 could I have stopped?

what if I had been checking my mirrors and missed him step out?

what if I had been looking down the road to the roundabout?

what if I had been not paying attention?

what if I had left a few seconds earlier?

what if It had been another driver?

what if he had properly fell instead of stumbling?

what if I was looking at the other side of the road?

what if my reactions (which are good) were not as good?

what if I had had a car fault?

what if the kid was smaller?

what if the kid hesitated and ran out a few seconds later?

what if

what if

what if?

There is no reason on this earth that all that happened by co-incidence, on any other day that kid could be in hospital… or worse, why why why did it all go right?

Yes I was scared and shook up all day, yes I was exceedingly angry at the stupid kid, I mean things like that put life in perspective, it was lucky I saw him coz he ran out stumbled and was under my field of vision. shock.

It made me reflect. There has to be a sovereign God, I mean NO WAY should that have happened. There is a God and he is in control. it’s a hard lesson to learn, a lesson I often forget and a lesson I have to be constantly reminded of. Life, all life is in God's control, he chose to let that kid live, he chose to let me not hit that kid. Life all life is under God's control and rule.

It is also a lesson I need to live out and believe not just acknowledge.

more to follow.