A miracle is referred to as an impact or extraordinary event in the physical world that surpasses all known human or natural powers and is ascribed to a supernatural cause. A coincidence, on the other hand, is just a striking occurrence of several events at one time apparently by mere chance.
How have you any idea if magic has occurred in your lifetime, and it was not “one lucky day!” which favors the fortunate? I’d like to explain what happened in early April 2009, and perhaps you’ll realize why I am convinced that a miracle occurred in the’wink of an eye.’
I was driving on a highway in the Dominican Republic at around nine in the evening. My boss, his business partner and I were going from the town of Santiago to Puerto Plata. When it’s not raining, I can make the drive in an hour and a half at most. On this kind of night there was a continuing drizzle, and the windshield wipers on our rental car were worn-out and ineffective.
Probably the most exciting element of traveling to the Dominican Republic is the people, and the weather is fabulous-when it is not raining, that’s! There is a continuing breeze from the ocean which permeates the entire island with the fragrance of exotic plants, ripe fruits, and flowers completely bloom. The people are friendly and very cooperative.
We had spent the entire day in Santo Domingo, and we were on our way home. I stopped in Santiago for gas and coffee. I was ready for the following leg of driving, and night had set in. When you are on the open highway, visibility is minimal. If your rental car has poor headlights and worn-out windshield wipers, like ours had, you will get into serious trouble. Since the start of the long drive from Santo Domingo earlier at night, I also had to keep tight control of the automobile for it’d a tendency to veer to the left-meaning, the automobile was also out of alignment to add to my misery.
The key highways in the Dominican Republic are quite ample, and with at least two lanes one of the ways, and two going the other way with plenty of mid-center guard protection. One great asset to throw-in may be the wide shoulders on both parties of the road for emergencies. However, this is actually the biggest and most dangerous factor to take into account when driving in the Dominican Republic: many cars and motorcycles drive during the night with minimal or no lights at all. These vehicles are very old and worn-out that they just don’t have any lights left to show on. But there they are going at fifteen to twenty miles an hour and on the fast lane, nonetheless, and at all hours of the day and night acim on youtube. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the driver with a good vehicle and a significant set of headlights in order to avoid crashing into them, or more than likely get everyone hurt in the process.
When I head to the Dominican Republic, I help a pal of mine with the repairs of his cargo ship that has been there since last October. I drive meticulously considering all of the obstacles which could come on you suddenly, e.g., stray animals, people crossing the highway, slow cars and motorcycles, bicycles, huge potholes, and more. On this kind of evening, I was tired and exhausted from driving around Santo Domingo searching for repair parts for the ship, and the countless conversations I had to translate from Spanish to English, and back to Spanish for my friend and his business partner that are owners of the cargo ship.
What happened this night, I’ll never forget! Driving on a four-lane part of highway between Santiago and Puerto Plata, and only some miles from the city, I kept my lights high for better visibility. Whenever a car came on the opposite lanes, I’d drop the lights. After a few minutes of raising and dropping the lights I recently left the lights in the lower position. I maintained the lights that way for approximately ten minutes, and I was driving on which we call’the fast lane’- that’s the lane closest to the median. At least in the U.S. we call it that, but in the Dominican Republic it is the lane that everyone can use, and at any speed they wish to go day and night. Apparently, there’s a distinction between fast and slow lanes there, but when there is, probably no-one really cares, as was the case this evening.