Yesterday our son had a basketball tournament, so my sister decided to come and watch a game. She drove an hour to come watch him which we really appreciated. During the game it had really started snowing and we were starting to hear that the roads were getting slick. So, my sister decided she better start heading back because she had to go to work that night and didn’t want to have to rush. I told her to be careful and she headed out. About 45 minutes later she called me crying and saying “I didn’t make it. I didn’t make it.” I realized she had been in an accident and I felt so helpless. I tried to remain calm while I was asking if she was ok, if she was hurt, etc. She thought she was ok, but her head hurt. She just kept talking about her car and how it was all over the highway along with her things. Then I lost my connection with her and really started panicking. My sister isn’t married, and I didn’t know what to do or who to call. I have never felt so helpless knowing that my sister was all alone, hurt, and panicking and I couldn’t do anything to help her. All I could do was pray. Then I started making phone calls. I called our parents, and texted her 3 children to please call me. Then I waited to hear what was going on. Long story short….she was taken by ambulance to a local hospital. She was hit from behind by an Expedition in her little Chevy Malibu car after spinning a circle on the highway due to the slippery road conditions. She was VERY lucky! She could have been hit head-on or T-Boned, hit by a semi, or by multiple cars. Her car didn’t survive the crash, but cars can be replaced. Her only injury was a big bump on the head. She was released from the hospital and treated for a concussion. As soon as our tournament was over, we headed up to see her. The snow had stopped and the roads were slowly getting better by then. I was able to stay with her while she was in the ER. The other car that hit her had 7 women in it coming home from a weekend shopping trip and thankfully they were all ok.
I guess my point is that no matter how helpless I felt, really the only thing I could do was pray and ask God to provide and protect, which He did. Today my sister is ok, sore and tired, but alive. As I type this, the news is talking about a possible 15 inches of snow coming our way over the next 3 days. Tonight I am praying for protection on the roads as we have a lot of appointments and things coming up this week. All it takes it one split second and everything can change. Please be careful out there and make sure your family knows how important they are to you and how much they are loved.