Guardian Angel or Just Dumb Luck?

(Shaeylea's car, yes it's a convertible)

I don't even know where to start, actually seeing this picture upsets my stomach! It is something that I hope we all learn from, especially my daughter. *This is a lesson in the importance of obeying the laws of the land, which would include wearing your seat belt at all times and taking a corner at posted speed!

Here are some of the comments I have heard regarding my daughter's car crash:

1) Wow, does she know how lucky she is? (Very!)

2) Thank God for Shaeylea's Angel keeping her safe. (I believe this to be true)

3) What a blessing she was okay. (Amen!)

4) I hope she learns her lesson. (Me too)

5) The good Lord was watching over you. (I do believe this, but what comes to my mind is all the people who die in car crashes every day... wasn't the Lord watching over them? Or at least some of them? They why did they not get so 'lucky'?)

6) Someone must have been praying. (Yes, we do! And anyone, who believes in prayer AND has a teenager has a serious prayer life)

*My wife, Jana asked Shaeylea, "Did you feel a check in your heart when going out on that road?" She said, "No." And I said, "Well of course not, God already put in the heart of a man/woman involved in setting speed restrictions for that road and then had a man post a sign on that road that read 15mph, and that was 'the sign' that she should have obeyed." 

Side note: We are always talking to our kids about following that inner voice, what we refer to as the voice of the Holy Spirit. I personally have been protected many times by simply listening to that voice.

She didn't need a voice from heaven, or a bright light to shine a light down on her car to say, "thus saith me ... slow down or you are going to crash!" And this goes for all of us, we don't need additional 'signs' from God when He has already made many things as clear as a bell,  like a huge yellow sign with a number on it! And whatever else we are doing in life that we ought not do.

Romans 13:1-7 1 "Obey the government, for God is the one who put it there. All governments have been placed in power by God. 2 So those who refuse to obey the laws of the land are refusing to obey God, and punishment will follow. 3 For the authorities do not frighten people who are doing right, but they frighten those who do wrong. So do what they say, and you will get along well. 4 The authorities are sent by God to help you. But if you are doing something wrong, of course you should be afraid, for you will be punished. The authorities are established by God for that very purpose, to punish those who do wrong."


There is no doubt that we are all very thankful that our daughter is okay! And yes of course I believe that Shaeylea had an Angel hold that car from flipping over on it's top. I am also aware that it is possible that it flipped over with just the perfect amount of force to not go all the way over, but only on it's side. Unlikely, but possible. There is no roll cage, so had it rolled on over it would have been bad news.

Yes, we were sad for her new car (at least new to her, it was a 2000 Ford Mustang she got for $3,400) But, it's just a car, and thankfully we had full coverage on it. It could've been much worse! And frankly, it could've been much better too ... like she could have NOT crashed and come home that night driving her car. Yet, we are counting our blessings!


We all should be thankful for what we do have, it could be much worse! Every day we are really "lucky" or "blessed" to be here! Each day is a blessing from the Lord.

The second thing I think we should learn here is that there are rules, laws, guidelines, restrictions, etc that are in place for our protection ... FOLLOW THEM! Do not for a second think you are immune, we are not. Life is fragile ... treat it like it!