Off the edge
19 April 12
We’re well aware that our physical reality is simply a manifestation of spiritual truths, so I wasn’t surprised to find our truck falling off a cliff last night. David took a wrong turn in the dark, and in attempting to turn around, we almost fell off the road.
Once he realised what had happened, David stopped the truck and we all got out very quickly. Thankfully, we were very close to a house and its inhabitants came out to see what was going on.
Leo and Kerrie invited us in, and Kerrie cooked some extra pasta for our family. They’ve only been living in this house for about a month, and as we’ve driven past several times, we’ve been meaning to stop and introduce ourselves. Clearly, we needed a crisis like this to make us actually stop and meet Kerrie and Leo and their sons Daniel and Reuben.
Leo helped David secure the truck with a steel cable. Using a boat winch, David tied the top corner of the truck to a tree across the road, holding it steady so it wouldn’t slide down the bank.
Then Leo drove us up to Pat and Mandy’s house, where we spent the night in the caravan. We’re thankful for all the help everyone gave us, that we had a warm, dry place to sleep and that it didn’t rain in the night.
In the morning, we returned to the truck to wait for help. We knew it would come, but we didn’t know when.
Our situation seemed dire, but the truth is — nothing was actually wrong. Sure, we parked the truck at an undesirable angle and couldn’t access our belongings, but we were kept warm and well-fed and made new friends in the interim.
The horrible situation that we found ourselves in was entirely imaginary! We could imagine falling off the cliff. We could imagine the truck sliding down to rest at the bottom of the ravine. We could imagine that help wouldn’t come. But none of that was real.
Instead, we sat out in the sunshine, played with our children and talked — like we do most other days. Nothing was wrong. Everything was good. We just had to embrace the situation and make the most of it.
I can learn a lot from this situation. I am reminded not to create fears in my imagination and simply to accept what is happening in front of me.
A knowledgeable friend with a 4WD assessed the truck for us and decided that he wouldn’t be able to pull us out. We needed something bigger — something much bigger.
Being rescued was quite anti-climatic. It happened so quickly and easily with the digger!
After we were out, we drove up to Pat and Mandy’s again to pick up our tent. Our plan is to set it up at Johnny’s to provide more undercover play-space for the girls if the weather turns cold and wet.
It was wonderful (as always) to return to Johnny and Claire’s welcome. We feel so comfortable here and can relax once again.