No, I didn't have a motorcycle accident, but a dear friend and my mentor did.
Jim and Judy were off to a great vacation in Hawaii where they rented a Harley on one of the beautiful islands. Now riding a Harley, that's not good for a staunch Goldwinger. While making a left turn on a very rough road, Jim said the back brake stuck as they passed over sand and rough gravel and that pulled he and Judy into the pavement.
They are OK and are now home. Wanda and I took some food over Tuesday evening for them as they had gotten home just minutes before our arrival. They had to cut their vacation short and didn't get to take their cruise.
Judy broke a bone in her right hand, but Jim was the worse injured. He broke his neck. There is no paralysis which is a miracle. He is in a neck and back brace, and it will take some time for total recovery. He is sore, stiff, and achy.
Thankfully God spared them from even worse injury. It was bad, but it could have been worse. Jim is an outstanding motorcyclist. He is a safety instructor and has been an incredible mentor for me. Judy has also given Wanda invaluable tips on how to be a great motorcycle passenger.
We took a trip together up the Smokey Mountains a few weeks back. Jim is semi-retired, and can pick and choose what to do with his time and work so they were off again. We had prayed with them at a lunch we shared just before their trip. God protected them from even greater tragedy.
Judy shared that God sent angels all along this recent journey to help her and Jim. They have grown closer to the Lord through this too. Now we are praying for totally healing a recovery for both of them.
So.....I know what your thinking. What will I learn from this? Will I continue to ride?
Here is the answer. I will ride as long as I have a peace in my heart about riding. I will learn from this accident what I can to prevent a similar mishap.
Wanda and I got into this motorcycling venture after a lot of thought and mucy prayer, and one day we'll get out of it after similar prayer. Isn't that what we're supposed to do?