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Chuck Hinman: 2nd chances - Guardian Angel driving home

This is not in Chuck's IJMA series. It's a message he sent a friend who has been sharing his writing with me. It was written 6 June 2005 - Robert Stone.
The next earlier Chuck Hinman column: Chuck Hinman: IJMA No. 153 - Leaving the Nest and Early Days of Flying: Bird #2

By Chuck Hinman

After church last night many of you saw a guardian angel (mine) at work. As I left the church area I had checked the traffic from the south and there was none OR it was suitable for me to get on the road.

However before I got the 200 feet or so distance to the Rice Creek road to make a left turn and proceed home, an apparently fast moving pick-up truck had closed the gap from the south and he had to do some fancy driving to avoid hitting me as I was making a left turn.

I know my guardian angel intervened, the pick-up driver drove skillfully enough that he missed me by six feet or more -- making a rapid, unplanned left turn onto Rice Creek road himself and coming to stop in the bar-ditch with no apparent damage to either his truck or my car. Praise the Lord! The pick-up driver, a young man, bounded out of his truck to check my condition -- he couldn't have been nicer. I was so thankful that both of us escaped what except for the grace of God could have been a serious accident.

I have learned this lesson that no matter how wonderful and serene it is in church services and how delightful the after church fellowship is, it is a whole different story when you make the few steps transition to the harmless looking road - IT IS A WAR ZONE - and you better be ready. Perhaps a speed zone for the congested area of our church facility is in order -- I don't know.

Thanks to those of you who interacted with the Lord in your way and thanks to those of you who called out of concern after I reached home. No, there was no contact and I am eternally grateful.

I am not very smart but I do learn quickly once the Lord has given me a second chance. Thank you Lord for second chances in my life.

Chuck Hinman, an email to Alsie Mae Stapleton dated Monday, 6 June 2005, slightly edited

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