He Holds the Wheel

by Jan Cox

I almost died – or could have.

As I headed north into rural Ontario, I thought about how wonderful the weekend had been at my daughter’s – lots of fun with my two grandchildren; crawling on the floor with them; singing songs; reading bedtime stories and having meals together. What a blessing!

It was time to head north, back to my husband whom I had neglected for a few days.

Anxious to get home in good time I wondered if I could take a shorter route. I stopped in at the gas station to fill up and ask if they had heard any complaints about the shorter northern route. The attendant assured me that he had heard of no problems.

By this time the snow on the road had started to melt and felt slushy under my tires.

Thanking the man for the gas and advice I decided to take the northern winding route.

I pray a lot in the car. I sing praise music. I sometimes speak in the Spirit.

This day was no exception. I started up the winding road. As I drove along I sang and prayed. Gradually I could feel the slush on the road begin to get crunchy under the tires. I slowed down. I saw the temperature gauge dip below freezing. This didn’t look good.

The Glamorgan Road is narrow with many curves and hills. But today I felt confident. Too confident. As I turned a bend in the road I saw that not only did it dip sharply, it curved to the left. I touched the brakes. (Bad idea!)

I felt the icy crunchy slush hit my tires on the left. My car veered all the way into the left lane going down that hill.

Suddenly I felt the wheel turn back to the right lane and straighten up. I don’t remember making that maneuver at all. In the split second for me to realize that I had been in trouble I found myself back in the right lane heading down the hill. No traffic approached either.

Praising God and slowing down I realized that He had taken over the wheel. He had landed me back in the right lane.

I had no fear. I knew He was there. I did tell myself to take more care as I continued the drive back home wrapped in His love, protection and peace.


Thank You, Lord for being there with me. Thank You for watching over me and taking the wheel – I like it when You are in control. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

My Gratitude List for this week:

  • the faith of a farmer – God is enough
  • revealed Scripture – 2 Timothy 2:7
  • answered prayers in my Bible Study
  • laughter for no reason
  • grandson sitting on hubby’s lap watching boat races
  • daughter stayed in the dragon boat when it was broadsided (she was the drummer)
  • lovely walk to the races and back
  • energy to clean the house

I hit 200!


Jan Cox

Jan, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. She has published two devotionals and a number articles for magazines and a Bible study. She is owner of Under the Cover of Prayer and moderates the site. She also writes at A Better Way. Jan has written a children’s book in which she is also the watercolour illustrator. She hopes to publish it this year.