How I Crashed into Grace Yesterday

The light turned green. I stepped on the gas and the next thing I knew I was crashing into the back of the car in front of me! The accident happened so fast that I didn’t have time to even react. There was no time to think about things like, “oh no I’m gonna hit that car!” no slamming on the brakes, nothing at all except my car crashing into the back end of the car in front of me.


In the next 10 seconds a flood of emotions ran through me.

Confusion…how did I manage to do this? Anger at myself for doing something so stupid, and then the worry….is the other person okay? …and then that thought instantly changed into fear as I saw the other driver getting out of his car and heading towards me with what looked to me like an angry look on his face.

I opened my car door expecting him to start yelling at me and but instead of yelling, he said, “are you okay?” I told him I was okay and then I said, “are you okay? Gosh.. I am so sorry!”  He then said, “I am okay and don’t you worry about it, it was just an accident.”  Wow! looks sure can be deceiving, a second ago I thought he looked angry but really he didn’t seem angry at all!

We then began exchanging our insurance information and I could tell that he was a really nice person. He also seemed truly concerned for me even though I was the one who had crashed into his nice new looking SUV.

When we finished exchanging information I told the man once again that I was sorry for damaging his car and also thanked him for being so nice to me,” He replied, “it was just an accident. Accidents happen, nobody is perfect and that includes me.”  Then he told me it was nice “bumping” into me and that he hoped the rest of my day was a good day.

I honestly still don’t have a clue how I managed to run into his car, so to me it just seemed like a really dumb thing for me to have done.  But later in the day when I was beating myself up about crashing into not only his car, but also then thinking about how I had also crashed the front end of my own car, his words came back to me… it was and accident, nobody is perfect.  You know what?  he was right so anyway to make a long story short, I decided to have myself a good rest of the day as he suggested, and I did.

That is how I crashed into grace yesterday.

I hope you have a wonderful day and also try to remember to give yourself and also others the same grace that God gives us on a daily basis.




17 thoughts on “How I Crashed into Grace Yesterday

  1. writerwannabe763 says:

    So glad you’re okay. And it is so true that accidents of one kind or another are always happening … and I so remember my mother when something would happen.. saying the same thing; “it’s only an accident and the main thing is that no one is hurt” .. and if my children broke something … she’d say the same thing… “things can be replaced, people can’t”…. How wonderful that the man you encountered felt the same… Diane

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  2. Juanita says:

    Terri, I’m so glad you are okay. What a nice man. The outcome could have been so much worse. Thank you for sharing. You were shown grace. What an uplifting story. God showed you His presence even in the accident. Be careful out there.


  3. cherryaw says:

    Such a sweet story of finding unexpected grace! And thanks, Terri, for your visit to my blog (Pursuing Heart) about a week ago. It’s fun to come over here and ‘meet’ you, as well. And I am curious … your last name is the same as my maiden name. Wonder if somehow we have any relation connection?!

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    • Terri says:

      Thank you and nice to ‘meet’ you too. My last name is my married last name and I have not met a whole lot of my husbands side of the family, maybe somewhere down the line there could be a connection Thanks so much for coming by!.


  4. Freedomborn ... Aussie Christian Focus says:

    Good that no one was hurt T, cars can be painted or even be replaced, how caring both of your responses were to each other, accidents are a part of life and yes True as far as wordy perfection goes we will never make it but as I have shared before, this is not True with God’s Perfection in Love. As we see confirmed in the Scriptures below, it is what we are to aim for as Paul told us to do, he was Perfected before he died like others in the early Church and we can be too.

    Matthew 5:48 Be ye therefore Perfect, even as your Father which is in Heaven is Perfect.

    Hebrews 6:1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto Perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,

    2 Corinthians 7: 1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting Holiness in the fear of God.

    2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man/ woman of God may be Perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

    2Corinthians 13:11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Be Perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in Peace; and the God of Love and Peace shall be with you.

    1John 4:17-19 Herein is our Love made Perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in Love; but Perfect Love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made Perfect in Love. We Love Him, because He first Loved us.

    Christian Love Always – Anne.


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