Through the Storm


There has not been another day like January 28, 2009, in Greenville, North Carolina. The town experienced a storm that covered Greenville with more than ten inches of snow. I was not prepared to encounter a difficult situation in which my life would be at risk due to my inexperience with driving in the snow. I took my chances and drove myself to school knowing that every weatherman was informing every driver to seek refuge and stay home during the storm. Needless to say, a great lesson was learned that day because I then understood that I need to take precautions when dealing with a hazardous situation rather than putting my life and the lives of others at risk.
It all started at the beginning of the spring semester when I used to attend Chowan University, located in a small town called Murfreesboro around seventy miles away from my hometown, Greenville. Every Monday through Thursday, I drove an hour and a half to get to my classes and then rushed back home at the end of the day, hoping to be back before sunset. The driving conditions were not bad, but being in the car for so long eventually bothers anyone.
It was going to be a regular day until early that morning, the weatherman announced: “There is an approach of an unexpected storm where there is a non-estimated percentage of snow that will be accumulated throughout the day. So… be prepared!” The news did not strike me as important since I was rushing to get ready and start my day at school. I knew that I could not miss a day of class due the importance of presenting a project that I had been working on for about two weeks.
I drove about fifty miles and there were huge amounts of snow already accumulated in the road. Just before arriving to school, I received a call from my advisor telling me to stay home because classes were cancelled due the storm. I was so disappointed with myself, the weather, and the school because all I had left to do was to turn back around through a gas station and head back to Greenville.
While driving, I realized that the road was covered with black ice which made my car slip in the road several times. Just when I started to slow down, a tree branch fell just few feet ahead of me so I pressed the breaks and I lost control of the car and flipped twice into a ditch. I was dazed and confused from what had just happened, but I was okay. The car was still standing. I got out of the car and I realized what had just occurred.
I took a moment to think about everything that had happened to me and I praised the Lord for His protection since it could have been far worse. Now it is clearer to me about taking extra precautions when there is hazard of driving through a snow storm.