Looking back and remembering...God's faithfulness....God's provision....God's love.....that is what Memorial Box Monday posts are all about. Linny over at A Place Called Simplicity created Memorial Box Mondays, so stop over and read others stories or link up your own.
This week I am sharing about something that happened just a few years ago. Joel and I were in a car accident in June of 2007. We were going 55mph on a country road when a family of skunks crossed in front of us and we had to brake hard. A pickup pulling an end loader was following us too close and hit us from behind. We ended up on individual stretchers holding hands in an ambulance as we were transported to a nearby hospital. We were both okay, although Joel had some minor neck injuries. But it seems this was not the first time this driver had been ticketed for driving too close and about three month after the accident we received a call that his insurance company wanted to "settle" with us.
It seems they were afraid we were going to sue them since this was the second accident this driver had been in with the company truck. They knew something could come up later medically, so they did not want us to come back later and sue them for damages. We assured them we were not going to sue anybody. They just kept asking us how much we wanted to close things out. We finally talked to someone with knowledge and they told us what was the "usual" settlement in this kind of situation, so we went ahead and they sent us a check.
Let me backtrack a little. Our home was in need of siding.. it was beyond time! Some of the siding was actually rotten when we bought the house and we had financial difficulties that popped up that made it impossible for us to be able to afford to fix it right away, but it needed to be done ASAP. All of a sudden we had an unexpected blessing with this settlement we did not pursue ~ and we were able to side the house! Joel was also able to build a porch on the front which we use all the time. In fact I don't think I would want a house without a porch ever again.
What we went through that day was stressful, but with the new siding and porch we are able to focus on the blessings that came from it. I don't believe God orchestrated the accident, that is NOT God, but God used it for good answering our prayers for new siding in such a round about way, and like I said, working all things out for good...even an accident that sent us both to the hospital in our first (and hopefully last) ambulance ride!