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I Almost Died

I Almost Died A Few Weeks Ago

written by on the topic of Featured, Ladies Only, Personal Development on October, 2011

I Almost Died A Few Weeks Ago, or so I had myself convinced! It happened like this:

Pastor was at the Youth Extravaganza with our church teens and I took the opportunity to get a few projects completed. As the afternoon wore on, I thought it would be a good idea to get my car washed.

Having grown up in the mid-west, I really appreciate a good thunderstorm but, since I live in California I don’t get to enjoy one very often. To satisfy my longing I take my car through the car wash. As I proceed through the different cycles— wash, rinse and dry—I usually close my eyes and imagine that I am in the middle of a good thunderstorm. Living in California, you “have to do what you have to do,” right?

On this particular Friday I happened to be the third car in line. There is never a line and I thought that these people should have known I was coming and they should have taken care of their vehicles a few hours ago! Finally, it was my turn. I pulled my car forward and closed my eyes for my “imaginary thunderstorm.” Within seconds, I began to smell an incredibly gassy odor. I sat through the wash cycle but the smell was nearly unbearable, in fact, I had to cover my nose and mouth and actually began to feel a little light-headed. By the time I hit the drying cycle, all I could think was that, “I need to get out of this car wash and I need to get out NOW!” As I pulled out I opened all the windows and headed towards home not feeling very well and still puzzled by the strange odor.

After taking my car through this car wash I always come home and dry off my car and vacuum it out. (My husband has taught me well.) As I was drying off my car I noticed that my towel was covered with black “stuff.” It didn’t take me long to figure out that this was the exhaust from my car and the odor was actually carbon monoxide! I took several deep breaths to clear my lungs and was certain that if I had stayed in that car wash any longer I would have died!

I called my husband to let him know what happened and to let him know how thankful HE could be that I was still alive. I called my sister and both of my daughters to tell them they should never go to this car wash. However, with the suggestion from her mom that the grandkids would probably enjoy the “rain,” Tabitha was already in line waiting her turn for the car wash. She was about to put her money into the machine and pull forward when she said, “Mom, didn’t you read the directions? It says that you are supposed to turn your car OFF after you enter!” What? I had never noticed that sign before! In fact, I had never read the directions; as it seemed self-explanatory. After all, how hard could it be? I realized at that moment that I could have saved myself a TON of extra work and the scary thought of dying IF I had just read the directions.

Later that evening, as I reflected back over the events of the day, I couldn’t help but be reminded that we as Christians are often just as careless and negligent when it comes to reading and obeying God’s instructions given to us in the Bible. Let me ask you:

Have you been reading the Bible on a daily basis and applying its truths to your life?

It will help you be a better wife, mother, grandmother, church member, daughter, sister, neighbor, friend and every other title God has given you. May God help you and bless you as you spend time reading the directions.

Try doing the following:

  • Pray before you read and ask God to open your heart to what you are about to read.
  • Read when you are most alert. If 5:00 am is not a good time for you then choose a time that works well for you.
  • Have a notebook and pen so you can underline scriptures that speak to your heart and convict you. Use your notebook to write down a truth or a thought that you will want to carry with you for the day.
  • Have a dictionary or a Bible commentary so you can look up words or verses you don’t understand.
  • Use 3 x 5 cards to write out verses you are memorizing for the week.
  • Have a Bible reading schedule. I like to read a portion from the Old and New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs. You might want to divide this up into two different times of the day. (Old Testament and Psalms in the morning and New Testament and Proverbs in the evening).
  • Share what God spoke to you about with someone else. You will be an encouragement to them.
  • If you miss a day, don’t quit! Start again tomorrow.

May God bless you as you seek to read His word, our book of directions, everyday.

Mrs. Trieber

About the Author

Cindie Trieber has served the people of our ministry for more than three decades as the Pastor’s Wife. She teaches in the college and is a godly mother and “Nana." She recently completed her first book entitled With All My Heart.

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  1. Penney Braley

    Oct 18, 2011

    Mrs. Trieber, Thank you for sharing your testimonies and ways to be a better christian, wife, mother, grandmother and servant of the Lord.

  2. Jenni Burchfield

    Oct 18, 2011

    Mrs. T, that was hysterical!!!! When we have a breezy 75 degree day, I sit on my back porch and plug in my ocean sound machine and close my eyes and imagine I’m at the beach. So glad to know you do the same thing with thunderstorms:-).
    Miss you,
    Jen Burchfield

  3. Rossana Gomez

    Oct 18, 2011

    Praise God that you are alive and ok. Maybe God is showing us no matter how careless and how negligent we sometimes are in our Christian life He is still very much in control – without a doubt!

  4. Grace Robideau

    Oct 18, 2011

    This was a blessing to me. Thank you!

  5. Guadalupe Diaz

    Oct 18, 2011

    Thank you so much for your testimony, It helped me very much in, especially when it comes from not following God’s directions. Thank you so much and may God help us all.

  6. Lisa O'B

    Oct 18, 2011

    Although this is a powerful message and reminder, I find myself laughing at the humorous way it’s presented. I can relate to the feelings of Mrs. Trieber, as I’ve been there, done that! If we’re honest, we can admit we all have. Thanks for this reminder, Mrs. Trieber, that we should read the “Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth” and obey God’s commands :-)

  7. Elaine

    Oct 18, 2011

    As always, good article, Mrs. T!
    I am currently reading “directions” in the book of Hebrews and have been enjoying it.
    Thanks for the encouragement to keep following the directions.
    Oh, and I am GLAD you are okay and came through that incident fine.

  8. Shirley Davis

    Oct 18, 2011

    That is a terrifying experience. Praise the Lord you are alive to tell about it. You never know what simple thing we might do in our every day life that could cause utter destruction! We need you strong and healthy! Tell Ryan, I said he should get your car washed for you next time! Very scary! So Glad God protected you. He has double duty keeping after me, that is for sure. Love you very much.
    Shirley Davis

  9. Connie Giese-Gomez

    Oct 18, 2011

    Something I might do!!!

    As a former member of North Valley Baptist (in 1980′s), I remember Cindie Triebers’Chrisitan example to all of us! Great to know that has not changed!!

    Thank you for “sticking by the stuff, Cindie”

    Blessings from Nevada,

  10. Vicki Duncan

    Oct 18, 2011

    an excellent example, Mrs. T!

  11. Dianne Arnold

    Oct 19, 2011

    Wow, thanks for the share. Every so often I go through those car washes. I remember the last time I was confused as to whether to turn my engine off or not…next time for sure..I will read the directions! God bless you.

    P.S. It might be worthy to tell the car wash owner about this experience? This sounds as though it can be a easy mistake for one with dangerous or fatal consequences? Don’t understand how this happened just from not turning your car engine off? I mean, how many people before you have done the very same thing?

  12. Renee Young

    Oct 19, 2011

    Thank you Mrs. T!
    Miss you,

  13. edith villanueva

    Oct 26, 2011

    edith v

    your article is a big blessing and reminds me also of my being careless. am so much blessed since i entered the door of nvbc and your family is great and wonderful.


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