Small Choice, Big Impact

I heard this story recently and was completely blown away by it. It really goes to show how even the smallest choices that we make, and the tiniest details in our lives, are not an accident. There’s a reason for all of them and this story is a prime example.

A man was driving on an intercity route and decided to listen to an inspirational speech to pass the time. While he was listening, he decided to pass the freight truck ahead of him. Just as he began to steer his car around the big truck, he suddenly heard the siren of a police car.

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Startled as he was, he quickly steered the car back into line behind the truck and slowed down. A second later, another truck came barreling at a high speed in the opposite direction.

If he had gone ahead and tried to pass the truck, he would have been crushed to death between the trucks. This police siren had saved his life.

The man knew that any second now, the police car would pull him over and probably give him a ticket. He looked in his rearview mirror to see where the police car was, but it was nowhere in sight.

Easylovely-Police-Lights-In-Rear-View-Mirror-F11-On-Wow-Image-Selection-with-Police-Lights-In-Rear-View-MirrorThe man was very confused. The siren had sounded loud and clear, and was obviously very close by. Only later did he discover that the siren he had heard was coming from the CD he had been listening to in the car. Twenty years earlier, when the speech was recorded, a police car had passed by just outside the building with its siren wailing. That unintentionally recorded siren had saved his life. These events had been coordinated twenty years in advance!

But that’s not the end. When the man told over this story, he said that when he got into his car that morning, he’d considered for a moment whether to listen to music or the inspirational speech. He realized that music may be more entertaining, but he thought to start his day with some words of wisdom. That small choice he made ended up being a crucial one. Even an old recorded speech literally has the power to save a man from death.

Life is a matter of choices, and every choice you make makes you. -John C. Maxwell


8 thoughts on “Small Choice, Big Impact

  1. I have goosebumps reading this because I have had something very similar happen to me once before. A number of years ago, my sister and I were driving and she begged me to stop at McDonald’s and buy her a milkshake. I was annoyed but after much persistence from her I decided to stop. That stop literally saved our lives. When we left the McDonald’s, we came across an awful head on collision which had just occurred. In that collision were 4 cars we recognized from previously seeing them at stoplights around us before turning into McDonald’s. We both looked at each other and burst into tears because we realized that one small stop literally saved us from something life altering or potentially life ending.

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    1. Wow….I can’t even imagine. Thank you so much for sharing that. It’s events like these that really impact us in the moment but after a while they fade. These events show us that we have a reason to be alive which is definitely comforting during difficult times in our lives. So thank you again for sharing that 🙂


  2. I have a dear friend that was in a very bad car accident a few years ago. That day of the accident her and her hubby decided to take his car instead of hers. As a passenger she would never wear her seat belt but in her hubby’s car it would ding if the passenger didn’t have it on, so she put it on to shut up that noise. If she didn’t have that seat belt on she would be dead today. The reason she was out was a celebration of life for her Dad. To this day she says that was her dad looking out for her.

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    1. I have no words. Just wow. There are just so many little things that saved her life. The choice to take her husband’s car, the annoying dinging, and finally the fact that she chose to wear a seat belt. These are definitely not coincidences, nor was it luck. Clearly your friend’s father was definitely looking out for her and she was not meant to die. As scary as these stories are, every time I hear another, my eyes open a little bit more. Thank you so much for sharing that!

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