As mentioned in the previous blog, tragedy happens often here in Uganda. Today as Michelle and I traveled to Jinja on a 4-lane highway with traffic going about 50 – 55 mph, a toddler was crossing the two lanes of traffic ahead of us – in the middle of the two lanes!! I saw the kid first with both hands extended in the air to balance herself. I started blowing the horn – no response. Michelle asked, “Is that a baby in the road?”
Our hearts were pounding! Fear gripped us as I considered the gravity of situation and whether we would witness an horrific accident and a gruesome death. Praise God no traffic was behind us. As I stopped in the fast lane, Michelle unbuckled and jumped out of her seat even before I fully stopped, and onto the highway, risking her own life. I continuously glanced from the baby, to Michelle and to my rear view mirror, as Michelle swept the toddler off her feet and carried her to safety. Now rescued, I could pull our vehicle off the road to safety.
My heart was pounding! Michelle searched for the mother, who was at a nearby landscaping market, shopping and chatting with the owner, oblivious to the horrendous situation that could potentially have unfolded. Praise God we were there. A man on a boda (motorcycle) driving the wrong way on the road, began chastising the mother. There’s irony there.
God’s grace covers our own daily neglect of our responsibilities. We should be focused on our struggling spiritual life, but we are too often busy and involved in the day-to-day transactions of the world to even notice or take care. Often God graciously swoops in through a kind act of mercy and covers us, rescuing us from the dangers of sin.
Michelle and I both came close to crying. We have not experienced such a potential for disaster, and it stayed with us for miles down the road. We just praise God for His grace and protection, allowing us to rescue a baby who might have been killed.