Friday, September 4, 2015

What Tree?

What tree?

Nicki Ridenour

One day on my drive home from work at St. Paul's School for Girls in Baltimore, I stopped on Seminary Road at its busy intersection with Dulaney Valley Road. As I proceeded across the intersection, I saw my daughter Megg and her friend Debbie - driving towards me from the opposite direction on Seminary Road. We waved cheerfully as we passed each other and kept on going.

Immediately after crossing the intersection, I rounded a bend. Lying across the road was a huge tree blocking the entire street. I had to turn around in a driveway and find another way home.

The next time I saw Megg I asked her how they had gotten around that gigantic tree. She responded, "What tree?" It couldn't have been more than 15 seconds after our passing by one another that I had encountered it. The tree would have had to have fallen within that very short span of time.

Though it's been years since this incident, I still get tears in my eyes when I think about how narrow that escape was - for each of us! Never have I experienced God's protection so powerfully.