Monday, February 7, 2011

When You Least Expect It!

A week ago I was out riding my bicycle. It was a picture perfect day in Central Florida. Bright sunshine, warm temperatures and not a cloud in the sky. I'd had a frustrating week and needed to clear my head.

When I turned and headed back toward home, I rolled through an intersection. I had the green light and the right of way. Sometimes that doesn't mean anything. This was one of those times. Suddenly, an 83 year old woman ran the red light and came right into my path. I had no time to react and no distance with which to stop.

So, I hit her...sort of. Without even thinking, I turned left and shifted my weight to the right. I leaned into her car and went in the same direction, connected to her until she came to a stop. It was a very frightening experience that could have ended in disaster. I could dwell on that. Just the thought of broken bones, rode rash and hospital visits makes me cringe.

The same week that happened, I received an invitation to write a new book to encourage new writers. Just like the Toyota Camry that suddenly appeared right in front of me, that came out of nowhere as well. Both were completely unexpected. Both were life changing. Each happened in an instant.

I realized there is just as much chance something wonderful will jump right up in front of us and change our lives. When we least expect it, good things happen. Dreams come true. Prayers are answered.

I learned to never, never, never give up. When I least expect it, something great will happen to change my life forever! Like my life being spared. Or a book contract. Know what? It's exactly the same with you.

Don't give up hope. Never! One day, you'll be glad you didn't.


  1. The Marine Corps motto is Semper Fidelis, which is Latin for Always Faithful. Staying faithful to the cause produces great results! And I'm so thankful we serve a God who is always faithful. Great post, Reebs. So glad the car incident was minor.

  2. That's so you, Reebs. Turning in the direction of where life is taking you . . . turning an almost-accident into something positive: a blog post we can all learn from.
    I, too, am thankful you are OK.