John’s eyes wandered to the newspaper on the table in front of him. He picked it up and started reading the headlines. “BUS OVERTURNS, 10 DEAD, MORE INJURED” was splashed across the front page. Headlines like this appeared almost daily, so it did not arouse any interest in him. Still he began to read the story of the bus accident.

Source: tvnz.co.nz/world-news/california-highway-cras…

Source: www.wusa9.com/news/columnist/blogs/2008_11_01…

John was up on a ladder trying to get at the offending shuttle – cock on the roof when he suddenly felt the rung he was standing on give way under his foot. The next moment he fell heavily onto the ground below.

Source: www.diylife.com/…/

He could not move his left leg. His brother came running to help him up. He tried to get up but could not. There was great pain in his left ankle. He must have twisted it badly when he fell.

Source:chestofbooks.com/…/4-Home-Nursing.html

A few minutes later when the pain has lessened somewhat, John managed to hobble into the house with the help to his brother.

His mother came and applied a cold compress to the painful part. It was already beginning to swell. His mother said, “Now you can’t go to Singapore.”

John’s heart sank. He was supposed to go on his first trip to Singapore. His uncle and family there had invited him over to spend the holidays with them. His bus was due the next morning. In his condition he could not possibly go. He had already bought the bus ticket. He wondered whether he could get a refund.

Oh well, John thought, he just had to telephone his uncle that he had twisted his ankle and could not make it to Singapore. He had to make the trip some other time. He felt disappointed for he had looked forward to the trip for some time now.

Source: www.rugbyrescue.com/Broken_Leg_Rugby.htm

A Lousy Turn of Luck

The next day John’s mother drove him to the hospital to get his ankle examined. The X – ray photograph showed no bones broken. The doctor told him to rest for at least six weeks for the injury to heal properly. John sighed. For the next six weeks he had to sit down and do nothing. What a way it was to spend the holidays. All his plans for an enjoyable holiday were shattered by the rotten ladder. What a lousy turn of luck, he thought. Sometimes life could be so unfair.

Source: www.daylife.com/photo/0ed74PH6gI9LY

For the rest of the day, John just sat and watched his brothers and sisters play. He could hardly hobble with the aid of a crutch.

Two days after the accident, John got up from bed feeling a bit depressed. His ankle still hurt and he could not do anything except sit around and read and reread the papers. He never thought how hard it was just to sit around. It drove him crazy. Uttering sigh he sat down on a chair.

Source: enjoybirth.wordpress.com/…/23/the-broken-leg/

John’s eyes wandered to the newspaper on the table in front of him. He picked it up and started reading the headlines. “BUS OVERTURNS, 10 DEAD, MORE INJURED” was splashed across the front page. Headlines like this appeared almost daily, so it did not arouse any interest in him. Still he began to read the story of the bus accident.

Source: mangalorean.com/news.php?newstype=local&newsi…

A Silent Prayer of Thanks

As he read he felt goose – pimples rising on his skin. The more he read the more intense the feeling became. My God, he thought, the bus described in the papers was the bus he had a ticket for! If he had been on the bus he could have been killed or injured. He was so glad that he was not on the bus. Twisting his ankle was not bad after all. It was actually a blessing in disguise. He muttered a silent prayer of thanks.

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  • Christine Ramsay on May 16, 2009

    Such a well told story. He was a lucky chap after all. Good work.

    Christine

  • OhSugar on May 16, 2009

    This is a great piece. I got chills just read it, because I so very much believe that God is in every situation. I learned to never rant about being struck in traffic:)

  • Darla Beck on May 16, 2009

    His twisted ankle was definitely a blessing in disguise! Thanks for sharing this story.

  • nenen on May 16, 2009

    nice story. in everything there is a purpose. God forbade him to go to singapore just to save him from the terror of the accident.

  • Joe Dorish on May 16, 2009

    Good story Mr Ghaz!

  • Judy Sheldon on May 16, 2009

    It is quite remarkable how God’s hands are always at work in our lives.

    Thanks for sharing!

  • CHAN LEE PENG on May 16, 2009

    Well told and good message here. Thanks.

  • Phill Senters on May 16, 2009

    A good story Mr. G. Most people never get to know the reason for such things, but in this case, John did.

  • seashell66 on May 16, 2009

    Great story with a wonderful message.

  • Jason Claude on May 16, 2009

    Hey, great story…I liked the incorporated art as well. You might like my story “The Sage”…it runs along a similar line. Hope to hear from you.

  • Glynis Smy on May 16, 2009

    Good story!

  • Mystical Whitewolf on May 16, 2009

    When I was 17 my sister and I was due to fly out to Oregon to visit our dad. The plan we originally was due to fly out on we could not make and took a later flight. The original plane crashed, sadly to say. So I can totally relate to this article. Well written.

  • Joshua Miguel on May 16, 2009

    the story is very interesting. really enjoyed reading this. tnx for the share.

  • Ruby Hawk on May 16, 2009

    Interesting story, I have heard many stories of people’s lives accidentially being saved. Chance is a strange thing.

  • Betty Carew on May 16, 2009

    A wonderful story Mr Ghaz it was a joy to read

  • Jo Oliver on May 16, 2009

    thx for sharing this story. I too believe that everything has a purpose. What we simple minded humans see as a curse or punishment…..often is a blessing from some far fate.

  • xoxo on May 16, 2009

    Nice story. Well written and very touching. Thank you :)

  • George W Whitehead on May 17, 2009

    Nice piece, Mr Ghaz.

  • Kate Smedley on May 17, 2009

    Nicely written story Mr Ghaz, he was a lucky guy after all.

  • Poetic Enigma on May 17, 2009

    This is a great story, very well written. Sometimes the things we think are unlucky, turn out to be very lucky

  • CA Johnson on May 17, 2009

    This is a very good story, Mr. Ghaz. He got really lucky that he wasn’t on the bus. He would have been one more killed. I really enjoyed this story. Great job!

  • The Good Vibes Girl on May 18, 2009

    A well told thought provoking story. Everything happens for a reason …

  • Bo Russo on May 19, 2009

    Nice piece Mr.Ghaz.lucky person…

  • CutestPrincess on Jun 6, 2009

    beautiful story, he’s blessed!

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