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I’m not really a very religious person – except for when I look at my children, at everything I am surrounded by – food, a roof above our heads and I can’t help but believe that there is something far greater, a much higher power, blessing me unconditionally and without judgement.

It has to be without judgement because goodness knows that I am so far from deserving of everything that I have been blessed with.

When I was young I would attend a variety of places of worship with friends, belonging to different religious denominations, although not so much now.

Of course, I pray and give thanks, but today I would be doing so with a ferocity I hadn’t felt in I can’t even remember how long.

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My World Was Almost Destroyed!

Picture the most glorious Saturday morning.

The kids are playing outside. Their laughter and happy voices fill the air.

My husband was getting his motorbike ready to go to work.

He was looking forward to riding in because he usually drives, but riding is something he is passionate about.

I was multitasking, shopping online, doing the laundry and watching the kids when my husband’s boss called and said he would need to drive his car in to work.

No Bike Today!

It was hard not to feel my husband’s disappointment especially after he had put a great deal of time and effort into getting his bike ready!

He left for work without saying goodbye to the children – they were all so busy and he didn’t want to disrupt their fun.

I told him how gorgeous he smelled as he walked out the door and I don’t even remember if we kissed goodbye because I was trying to work out what fragrance he had used… and if he had tipped the entire bottle on himself, or just half.

Our two year old was the only one to catch a glimpse of him and yell “Bye bye Daddy, come home soon” just as I was closing the door.

Where Is That ^&^%* Towel?

I was searching for his dirty towel from his morning shower angrily when I received the call from him. I hate having to search for laundry!

“Where the heck have you hidden your towel!” is how I answered his call.

He laughed… and then he told me he had been in an accident.

A lady was speeding and failed to stop at the red light… and t-boned his car.

Had he ridden into work, would we even be fortunate enough to be speaking to each other?

My eyes started to burn and well with tears. But I wasn’t about to break down on the phone.

Wow! Someone Is Watching Over Us

I told him that I couldn’t imagine the outcome had he been on his bike, how very blessed we are that it all worked out the way that it did. And just how incredible it is that everyone was able to walk away from that with their lives.

No matter how well we prepare for things, not everything always goes to plan. As disappointing as it may seem at the time, it helps to try and put circumstances into perspective.

Sometimes amazing plans fall apart, so that better things can fall together.

Puts Everything In Perspective

Today I prayed so hard, thanking whoever is looking over us for sparing my family from the devastation that could have been.

If we are fortunate enough, the people we love are still with us.

… on a side note I really need to re-evaluate the petty things I get upset about. Sure, I still haven’t found that towel, but does it even matter?

Have you had one of those heart-wrenching moments when you realised that your world could have shattered if things had happened differently? Tell us in the comments below.

  • Yes these events put things into perspective but everything is relevant, feelings and emotions are relevant. Just because someone has it worse or something bad might happen doesn’t take away from the day to day feelings and frustrations we have.

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  • And yes, just because I wanted a water birth and had to book in a different hospital, I had a scan 2 weeks early which resulted in an emergency section. Would I have come 2weeks later for the planned section, my daughter wouldn’t have made it. God’s hand was upon her, from that I’m convinced.

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  • Thank God He must have sent His angels to charge concerning you and guard your husband in his ways !

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  • Years ago I missed being hit by a speeding car by literally a split second. I have thought of each day since as a bonus, because I could have easily died that day. I do say a quick prayer every night and count my blessings.

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  • A good reminder to count my blessings

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  • Very thankful

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  • 100% many times so thankful something altered what could have happened

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  • Really does put into perspective all the petty things we get angry over

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  • I was raised catholic and went to church every Sunday in until my early 20s.
    I still pray every night as I find it comforting and I’m always thankful each morning I wake up and my family are all alive and healthy.
    I definitely count my blessings and always tell myself to be happy to have what I have when something goes wrong as there are people out there with nothing.

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  • That was so lucky he was ok. I often feel like there is something watching over us keeping us safe especially when you have a near miss.

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  • Luckily he wasn’t riding the bike instead of the car.

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  • I am glad that no one get serious hurt

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  • This article and the comments gave me goosebumps. I definitely believe in the whole ‘sliding doors’ moments in life.

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  • That’s one of my worst fears! I had that realisation a few years back when a lady failed to top at a stop sign and pulled straight in front of the car I was in. I was super fortunate to only walk away with a possible concussion and a broken back

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  • Wow, when things like this happen, it makes you really count your blessings. We lived in a house on the highway in Port Arthur on 28th April 1996. We heard, we saw, we evacuated and we lived when so many didn’t

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