Reflection: Thankful for God’s protection while driving

I decided to take some time to reflect on some past “close” car accidents after a recent one this past weekend. I just thought of others as I reflected on writing about this. I just want to encourage you to always pray for God’s protection (e.g. “armor of God“) daily-not just driving, but every time you start your day…

This past Monday (February 15th 2016) after visiting a friend in Wadena, I was driving back home and almost got hit while going down main street in a town called Parkers Prairie. I can still remember a vivid scene of this almost close accident. I was driving through town and this guy in a pick-up truck just ran through a stop sign and somehow didn’t see me. I could even see his face as he just stopped almost hitting me head-on (driver’s side-me). I swerved to my right to avoid him hitting me, but thankful that he stopped. Fortunately, the weather was very nice and road conditions weren’t icy.


“Pic was taken on my way to Wadnea”

After reflecting on this, I started to remember a near head-on-collision close to my hometown of St. Paul sometime in the summer of 2015 with my mom in the car. I was going north on Ruth St. over I-94 when a car was in my lane going head-on. Thank God, that particular drive swerved back to his own lane.

Deer Encounters:

I have had two encounters with hitting a deer , but never had any damages:

My first deer encounter was when I was coming back to Morris after visiting a friend in Wheaton, Minnesota many years go (2006?). I was driving 55mph (speed limit) at night and just clipped deer as I lightly touched my brakes as I saw it “last minute” jumping out of the ditch.

My second deer encounter was coming back to Morris on 59 (state highway) last year with almost similar “touch and go”.

Car Stalled

I had a loose battery in my car and finally got it fixed after getting stalled in the middle of I-94 (going back to Morris from St. Paul) in a hot summer of August of 2015. Fortunately, I was able to start my car after a quick adjustment of the positive wire. Luckily, it started right away during a 10mph bumper to bumper 2 lane only slow traffic. It was kind of embarrassing, but would laugh and grateful to God getting me of this situation safely.

Car Accident(s)

I’ve had to at least share one (“only”) car accidents…so far (God willingly..no more). My freshmen year in college, I was driving back to Morris during a winter storm with some friends. This was a time that we didn’t have any social networks of alerting us “no” school. I was driving back to UMM with some college friends. Interstate I-94 was pretty slipper and this semi truck was nearing my bumper going fast. Being a “rookie” driver (1st year driving), I was scared, so I pushed the accelerator to avoid this near semi-truck getting close and suddenly the car ahead of me pushed their brakes. To avoid a head on-collision of this vehicle’s bumper. I swerved to the right immediately avoiding this car’s back. However, I didn’t want to go to the ditch, so I swerved to the left back to traffic. Unfortunately, I hit this car’s side door and caused a dent (my car insurance went up after this 😦 ). I was thankful that the accident didn’t get as worse that it could’ve been (e.g. no one got hurt-“things can be replaced, but lives can’t”). After this accident, I’ve learned to not get stressed out when a big semi-truck driver is behind me or I just try to avoid getting close to them if possible. Sometimes, you can’t avoid certain situations, so I usually just trust in God with prayer as I listen to praise music on the radio during “challenging driving circumstances”.

-Fatal (Others) 😦

What Would You Say If Your Wife Was Ripped Away?
Article by Marshall Segal Topic: Death & Dying February 19, 2016 desiringgod.org

“..Nine short months later, now an assistant coach with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Monty Williams found out last week that his 44-year-old wife had been killed in a head-on car accident. The other driver was driving 92 mph (in a 40-miles-per-hour zone) when she crossed the center line and careened head-on into Ingrid Williams’s SUV. Three of their children were in the car with her; each survived with serious injuries…”

Any others that your willing to share?

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Neutral Perspective: Dentist had the “right” to kill the Lion: “Yes” and “No”?

Cecil the lion death backlash still raging against Minnesota dentist; legal fallout uncertain
By Tad Vezner
tvezner@pioneerpress.com
Posted: 07/29/2015 12:01:00 AM CDT twincities.com

During a nighttime hunt in early July, Palmer and his guides tied a dead animal to a car, luring Cecil out of Hwange National Park, according to Zimbabwe conservation officials.

Palmer, 55, used a bow and arrow to shoot the lion on private land. Tracking data from the lion’s GPS collar show it survived for about 40 hours before it was shot and killed with a rifle. Palmer has admitted to killing the lion but said he believed everything about the hunt was legal, and that he was simply following the directions of his guides. ..”

Good Question: Why Are We So Passionate About Animals? July 29, 2015 10:27 PM
“Researchers also point out that when humans are crime victims, people don’t often see photos or videos right away. When animals are victims, those images are more common and can resonate with us. “

What’s the verdict, you think the dentist had the “right” to kill the Lion-yes or no?

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Value of Life?

Cecil the lion: We’re capable of caring about more than one thing at once

carey-lodge Carey Lodge Christian Today Journalist Published 30 July 2015 christiantoday.com
“…”ISIS kills hundreds of Christian woman and children and nobody bats an eye. A dentist kills a lion and everybody freaks out,” one meme, shared over 8,000 times on Facebook, read, to murmurs of agreement from the moral cavalry.

The problem with this argument is that it suggests there is a hierarchy of things we’re allowed to be upset about and no two causes can occupy the same amount of space. That in condemning Cecil’s death, we are implicitly condoning the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, the normalisation of abortion, global poverty… fill in your own blank.
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Abortion

Isn’t it ironic that this whole “Cecil the lion” that was killed by a hunter social media explosion happened almost the same time as this “Planned Parenthood” corruption leaked out?…

Planned Parenthood VP Says Fetuses May Come Out Intact, Agrees Payments Specific to the Specimen

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Marco Rubio causes Twitter firestorm by comparing Cecil the Lion’s death to Planned Parenthood controversy

Maxwell Tani

Jul. 29, 2015, 3:36 PM businessinsider.com
“..In a tweet on Tuesday, the GOP presidential candidate asked why there was a lack of outrage at the organization. It has come under fire after the release of controversial videos that show a Planned Parenthood executive discussing using aborted fetuses for research. Rubio connected it to “all this outrage over a dead lion.”

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/marco-rubio-cecil-the-lion-abortion-planned-parenthood-2015-7#ixzz3hRdTfcc2
..”

Do you think the “media” (funded by corporate America with political biased stances) played this?

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Hunter’s Perspective


Hunters fight back after Cecil the lion killing
AFP
By Stephanie Findlay
9 hours ago (July 30th 2015)news.yahoo.com/
“…”It’s a different ball game altogether in Africa because the social benefits from hunting are huge.”

Zimbabwe issues an annual quota approved by CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) for the number of lions that can be hunted — not usually more than 30, according to Fundira.

A hunter must have a permit, must only hunt in daylight, on private land, or approved state land, and be accompanied by a park ranger. No hunting is allowed in national reserves.

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Profesional hunter Tavi Fragoso (R) and an employee …
Profesional hunter Tavi Fragoso (R) and an employee of Iwamanzi Game Reserve load the carcass of a h …

Usually, a lion hunt costs from $60,000 to $120,000 (55,000 to 110,000 euros) and takes place over seven to 21 days. Under certain conditions, bait is allowed.

The weapon of choice is a rifle, but a select few pay a premium for a bow and arrow kill.

“You pay an extra $3,000 to hunt using a bow and arrow,” Fundira explained, adding that such hunts were “extremely exceptional”.

Cecil was allegedly lured from a national reserve outside regular hours and shot with a bow and arrow.

It is unclear whether the hunter, American dentist Walter Palmer, had all the necessary permits.

Hunting fees are meant to be ploughed back into maintenance of the land and to pay local staff, though transparency is often poor.
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MISC.

Aslan’s Death ~ The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe (with The Lion King music)