God’s power is revealed in safe escape from wreck
Once in a while a life experience shows God's power and love and helps one realize how real God's promises are.
On June 26, I was on my way home from work at about 6 p.m., a routine drive that I do three times a week. I was talking to my husband on the cell phone while stopped at a red light, at a large intersection.
Looking around and not really paying attention, for some reason I looked up to hear and see a head-on collision right in the intersection: One car was trying to turn left, and the other was speeding through the intersection. When I heard and saw the impact, I exclaimed to my husband, who also heard it through the phone, "Oh, honey, an accident!"
Then I saw the truck that was involved come flying in my direction straight for my door and me. I yelled into the phone, "I got hit, I got hit!" I somehow dropped the phone. It all happened quickly. My car was hit hard and pushed up onto the sidewalk into a wall.
When everything stopped and was quiet, I suddenly realized that I was untouched and uninjured. I was fine. I picked up the phone and found my panicked husband, who heard both impacts, on the other end of the phone saying, "What happened? Are you OK?"
I was OK. It was really weird. When I realized that I was really OK, I told my husband I needed to get out of the car and I would call him back. I got out of the car slowly. I was shaking a bit.
When I saw the damage to the car, which happened to be my husband's new car, my heart started pounding a little harder, but after a second of thought, the car really didn't matter. I wasn't smashed; the car was.
The aftermath involved a total of five cars in this wreck. No one was seriously injured or taken to the hospital. The scene looked as though four people should have been injured, one of them me.
A sense of protection has made this event important to me. I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints my entire life and a temple member since 1994. I have learned with much clarity that when we keep the commandments and the promises we have made with the Lord, He keeps His promises with us.
The more I run this accident over in my mind, the more I know that I was totally protected by His hand. The truck that hit me was coming straight for my door and head, but that's not where it hit. When the car was hit, I didn't feel the real impact, I sort of floated inside the car. I can't really explain it.
I have been blessed by my daily prayers for protection.
My gratitude for the Lord, his blessings and this experience have brought me to a near-perfect knowledge of the reality of his promises.
Tina Sasada is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Waipahu 2nd Ward, where she serves as first councilor in the relief society and gospel doctrine teacher.