Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Awful

Tonight I read about the bridge in Minneapolis that collapsed, sending cars into the river below.

The destruction and terror I feel by looking at this photo is shocking and overwhelming. It's hard to imagine how so many thousand tons of concrete and steel can break apart like a child's toy. Frankly, being in a car that plunges into water is one of my greatest phobias. I get tense if I am driving/riding over a bridge, or even next to a body of water. I have to force myself to stop imagining and preparing for our car to somehow get flung into the water. So, this would be a worst nightmare of mine. The worst part is how I start going over in my mind what steps I would take if I had to frantically unstrap all the children from their car seats. Then I wonder how I would be able to get them all to the surface. I start to feel afraid and overwhelmed at that point, and that is why I try to force myself to stop thinking of such terrible things. Then I see something like this and it reminds me again that it is possible. I feel so sorry for the people that had to go through this. I am praying for them tonight.

5 comments:

Heather said...

I did not hear anything about this before I went to bed last night, but Dan woke me up in the middle of the night and I was dreaming about having to get out of a car that was underwater...it was horrible!! Then I saw the pictures this morning....

Stephanie said...

This is completely awful! It reminds me of the movie Mothman Prophecies. I am always concerned when I drive over a bridge too. I even sometimes look to see where land starts under the bridge again so that I will feel safe.

Kristi said...

It is a horrible thing! It makes me so sad to think of all the people wating to see if their loved ones are alive.

BTW....I am up and blogging again :)

Lynn said...

The reality of life is that the unexpected can happen at any time. We just have to trust when that time does come that God will give us His strength to endure. I think He hopes that our faith in Him can cast out all fear. Saw a girl on the bus that didn't go over thanking God for His protection and while I appreciated her giving Him the glory, I asked myself so was He not protecting all those that did go over and drown? No, we don't understand, but God had every single person in the palm of His hand. I pray His presence is seen in the midst of this tragedy.

Irene said...

I've had these same emotions many times before. Especially, the "how to save us" thoughts.