Sunday, September 14, 2014
ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL!
I had something happen yesterday that has not happened before and has scared the BEJEEBERS out of me! Yesterday I drove with Fr. Godfred our parochial vicar 60 miles to Dublin, Georgia for the celebration of Candidacy for our permanent deacon candidate Dennis Duncan.
The Mass began at 10:30 and this was followed by a luncheon. It was a bit of a heavy meal for me but delicious. Then Fr. Godfred and I departed to return to Macon.
About 20 miles outside of Macon on Interstate 16, I started to feel very drowsy! I did everything I could to control my drowsiness by making sure the cold air was blowing on my face; I kept moving and trying to keep alert.
Then about 5 miles outside of Macon going about 75 MPH, I actually went into la-la land at the wheel! Fortunately there was no traffic around me which is unusual for this stretch of I-16. I literally dozed off and was seconds from a sound sleep when something awoke me!
As I awoke I realized where I was, what I was doing and that I was drifting from the passing lane to the right lane and toward the side of a small bridge! I don't remember if I had originally been in the right lane and drifted to the passing lane and then was heading back to the other lane.
I think Fr. Godfred was awake, but I am not sure because he never said anything.
I was shocked and an adrenalin rush helped to wake me up completely to arrive home safely.
As I have thought about this since then, I am most thankful to God that I didn't kill Fr. Godfred or myself or both of us and I am extremely grateful I didn't kill anyone else. If I had run off the interstate either into on coming traffic, someone in front of me or on the side of me or hit that bridge over a creek, it would have been a devastating accident to say the least.
It made me aware also of my personal judgement at the hour of death. In fact it flashed through my mind (not knowing how long I actually did doze, which was brief but certainly too long) that maybe I had crashed, been killed and was on the way to God in my vehicle! Really, I thought this for a split second. How could I be driving at 75 MPH, fall asleep at the wheel and not crash?
What woke me up and quickly so? I could have gone into an actual deeper sleep at that point!
I thank God that nothing happened to Fr. Godfred, anyone else or me. What a nightmare!
But the question should haunt all of us when we realize what can happen in a split second and how our lives can conclude. Are we ready for it, spiritually and otherwise? I think I am spiritually, but could improve on that. I have a last will and testament and I think all my business is in order for those who have to disperse my small estate.I was wearing clean underwear.