Twenty-five-year-old Jamie Peavy had a job working at a barbecue restaurant. One day, after work, she got in her pickup and drove to meet a friend. She tried a new route that day, thinking it would be a shortcut. What she didn’t know was that the road was under construction, and she ended up driving her truck down into a ditch that was ten feet deep and filled with water in the area of the Dallas-Fort Worth airport.
For approximately 60 hours (two-and-a-half days), Peavy remained trapped inside her pickup with her legs pinned and the steering wheel keeping her upper body pressed tightly up against the seat. She knew that no one else would be foolish enough to drive down that road while it was under construction. Even if they did, her truck was hard to spot down there in that deep ditch. So, she figured that she would be dead before anyone ever found her. The only thing she had going for her was the fact that she could move her arms a bit. That allowed her to scribble a small note to her friends and family. The note read: “Nobody killed me. I had a wreck.”
Fortunately for Peavy, her story didn’t have a fatal ending. After those two-and-a-half days, an airport worker happened to get close enough to hear her faint voice saying, “Hey, help me.” The worker went to investigate and found Peavy still clinging to life. A rescue was begun, and Peavy lived to tell about her terrible ordeal.
The fact is, though, that many a person has a life story that could be summed up with the words: “Nobody killed me. I had a wreck.” Fatal “wrecks” happen all the time. They go by names such as: alcoholism, drug addiction, gambling, adultery, pornography, homosexuality, greed, lying, theft, idolatry, murder, pride, stubbornness, refusing to forgive, etc. These sins and others surely have the potential to leave you wrecked in a figurative ditch.
Here’s hoping that you don’t ever find yourself in such a ditch, but if you do, that’s the time for you to surrender yourself 100% to Jesus Christ and cry out to Him for help. In Psalm 40:2, David provides us with a helpful word about what the Lord can do in the life of a person who yields himself or herself to Him, and it’s this word that I’ll leave with you. David says of the Lord:
He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps.