You call me out upon the waters The great unknown where feet may fail And there I find You in the mystery In oceans deep My faith will stand
On 11/19/13 at 7:34am, God did not call me to walk on storm driven waves in a deep body of water. Instead, my “waters” were a lonely stretch of highway right outside of a small town called “Frostproof”. The population of Frostproof approximately 3,000 people. Hwy 27 runs outside of this town and is filled with truckers and travelers headed south to Miami or North to Ocala.
My great unknown that morning on a routine drive to work was about to happen. I was listening to 1 Chronicles chapter 15 on the You Version Bible app when all of the sudden it stopped playing. The warning. As i continued to drive in the north bound lane, i looked across the highway to the southbound lane. I observed a blue SUV driving at a high rate of speed lose control and jerk violently back and forth across the highway. The vehicle left the highway headed directly towards me in the northbound lanes. I had nowhere to go except a group of tall trees. I then saw the vehicle hit the median and then continue in my direction. I prepared myself for a crash.
All of the sudden the vehicle began flipping and i observed a person fly from the vehicle into the median. Instead of the car crashing into mine, the vehicle landed facing the other direction. “My great unknown was upon me” and my feet seemed to fail. Then in God’s scandal of grace, beyond all mysteries and compassion, He gave me strength. I ran to the woman in the median and immediately told her God loved her. I held her hand and prayed with her as I called 911 and asked for medical.
I then retrieved my first aid kit and a stranger and myself began giving the victim, a nurse, CPR.
Your grace abounds in deepest waters Your sovereign hand Will be my guide Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me You’ve never failed and You won’t start now
The CPR continued. Strangers littered the highway, surrounding this beautiful woman, praying and telling her that she was loved. A group of people all called to be present at such a time as this. The deepest waters had flooded all of our hearts. Fear of the unknown swept over this highway. In the distance came sirens, lights, nurses, paramedics, cops, traffic vests, cones, and questions. God knew this day and hour would come. He knew I would be present. He knew all the strangers from all walks of life and towns would be there at this day. His Sovereign hand became our guide.
Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders Let me walk upon the waters Wherever You would call me Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander And my faith will be made stronger In the presence of my Savior
Soon after paramedics arrived, we were all advised that this woman had passed. “Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders”. We had all been taken deeper than our feet could ever wander. To a highway that that heard cries far louder than the usual hum of passing vehicles. This was the test. Would our faith become weak or strong in the presence of our Savior?
I do not know why I was called to be present with this woman as she died in our arms. All i know was that God gave me exactly what I needed to be there for her as she exited earth and entered into eternity. Instead of letting this playback in my mind to an excruciating point of anxiety, I must instead thank God for allowing me the privilege to pray with a stranger as she entered glory. We are not the authors of a critical incident. We are mere human beings with little control, but the power to call on God even in our most trying heartaches. Though my heart broke for this woman’s final exit, I am thankful that God chose me to call on Him, to tell her that she was loved by a wonderful Savior, and she was loved by me. I will never forget her and I will always remember the lessons learned on a routine drive to work on a lonely stretch of highway. The highway may not care, but God knows every hair on our head. He knows our last words, our last thoughts, and he never left her that day. I am sure He scooped her in His arms and carried her into eternity.
The highway won’t hold you tonight The highway don’t know you’re alive The highway don’t care if you’re all alone But I do, I do. The highway won’t dry your tears The highway don’t need you here The highway don’t care if you’re coming home But I do, I do.
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Deut. 31:6
Make sure you have made your reservation in heaven and you know beyond a shadow of a doubt where you are going when you exit this world and enter into eternity.