Last week I had a close encounter with a boat . . . . on a major highway in Austin!
I was traveling along a busy road in Austin (Hwy 2222 just above Tumbleweed Hill for all you locals) at about 50 MPH when I noticed a pickup just ahead flashing its lights. It got my attention as I assumed that there was either a police officer or a wreck just around the corner.
As the truck passed me I then saw what was up: A large fishing boat on its trailer was heading right for me. I assume it had somehow come loose from the truck. But it was drifting across all four lanes of traffic and about the be in mine.
What happened next took about half a second. It’s all I had.
I looked right thinking I could just change lanes. But there were cars to my right and that was the direction the boat was going anyway.
So I looked left. Had there been just a yellow stripe to my left, I probably would have struck the boat head-on. There were all kind of cars whizzing by on my left and I would have had no place to go. But, there was a left turn lane and it was empty! So I immediately pulled into the left turn lane just in time to watch the boat and trailer pass where my jeep had just been.
I kept watching as the boat continued drifting to the right, with cars scattering in all directions. It finally came to a rest on the opposite side of the road from which had started. It had (miraculously, I might add) crossed four lanes of traffic, going the wrong direction, at a high rate of speed and not hit a single car.
It was one of the craziest things I’ve seen in a while.
As a former avid skier, I’m used to dodging boats . . . . just not on the highway.
I’m very grateful to the driver of the truck for flashing his lights. That’s what got my attention. Had I not seen it, you might be reading about this really weird boating accident that killed a local pastor on a highway in Austin.
But flash he did, and we all lived to tell about it.
Now think with me: Some of you have amazing life experiences. You have overcome addictions, survived marriage infidelity and /or walked through long-term relational conflict. You know what trouble looks like and you can see it coming a mile away. And, you can see it in others.
Flash your lights. Go ahead and step into other people’s lives and warn them of the danger that’s rapidly approaching them.
They may accuse of of not minding your own business, but in the end you may end up saving a life.
If you see a friend or loved one headed for disaster, please step up and warn them. Let your life experiences benefit someone else and maybe help them avoid some pain.
Flash your lights, please.