Facing an 18 Wheeler!
I, Jack Blankenship, work in traffic control. My job is to close lanes, moving traffic around work zones on streets and highways in various locations in central California. On this one occasion I was closing down the shoulder of Golden State Highway (Old Hwy #99) for some utility work. The day started out normal, we set up our advanced warning signs before the work zone, parked our work truck to walk and create a work zone outlined by cones. I started out dropping cones as we do from the on coming traffic end of the closure, always keeping an eye on the traffic in both directions steadily rotating my vision from one side to the next. I rotated my sight to see the cars coming toward me on the opposite side of the highway, knowing that vehicles moving at about 65 to 70 miles per hour regularly on that stretch of road could cross over and hit me in a micro second. At witch two cars seemed to be racing by me as the road transitioned from a two lane road to a one lane road. The wind whooshing by, practically blowing my hard hat almost off when I glanced toward the traffic coming at me simultaneously, I heard a screech of tires, a car crossed the center line in front of an oncoming 18 wheeler causing me to jerk my head fully to focus on oncoming traffic on my side of the road. I saw clear as day, the semi truck hit this car head on in it's lane, the car start spinning uncontrollably back into it's own lane spinning and almost hitting the car it had been racing with up to that point. The driver of the other car thinking fast moved to passed off the road to be missed. The semi now trying desperately to stop was advancing rapidly directly at me. I froze for a second trying to calculate the very instant and direction I would have to jump to dodge the impact of this giant truck, being killed. I felt the adrenalin flowing through my veins. I remember a crazy smile on my face, from fear, and confidence! Not an arrogant or adventurous confidence in my ability to out maneuver and out run an 18 wheeler flying toward me at lightening speed, but I now know it was confidence that my eternity had already been put in the hands of ALL MIGHTY GOD. The fear of death was not present, therefor, my mind was free to manage the situation not being clouded by ultimate fear. Jesus Christ had set me free, and I now had the ability to think clearly, to see things as they really are not being clouded by earthly fears or blinded by a vale over my eyes. God saved my sole from eternal damnation and suffering, but He also saved me from fearing death!
Thank you My Lord Jesus! You deserve ALL the Glory for without you I could have been killed this day.
The semi came to a DEAD stop 30 yards directly in front of me, facing me.
I never had to leap for my life!
Fearing death is real, fearing Hell for eternity is also very real to most people.
But the fear of God my Father, and the fear of separating myself from Him is much greater.
The "Loves" of this world will pass away, but not the Devine Love of God will never be eliminated for those that know Him personally as LORD.
Get to know Jesus and gain the confidence to face your fears head on.