Dad Slams Car in Reverse on Busy Highway—Then His Daughter Sees Her Face-Down in the Ditch

It’s easy to believe that we go about our lives autonomously when everything is going as planned, but when you run into a situation like Jessica Cox did, it’s pretty hard to deny the orchestrating hand of God.

In a Facebook post shared by Love What Matters, see how all the “mishaps” in her journey home actually set into action a perfectly-timed chain of events that ended up saving a stranger’s life.

The post reads:

“I don’t believe that everything happens for a reason, but sometimes things align in a way to bring you to something greater. I wasn’t supposed to come home this month. I was supposed to come home next month, but I decided last minute that I would fly home so I could attend a few very important events. My plane ended up being late, and my luggage happened to be dead last on the carousel, which put me even further behind. My dad was not supposed to pick me up. My mom was originally going to, but Dad decided to pick me up in Nashville instead. We stopped to get gas, we stopped to get lunch, and we stopped at three different stores before we made our trek home to Newburgh. As we were driving through Tennessee, Dad and I were chatting along. He immediately pulled off to the side, stopped the car, and threw it in reverse for about a half mile. I wasn’t sure what was happening, but then I saw her.

There was a woman lying face-down in a ditch having a seizure. Hundreds of cars were passing by, but no one was stopping. My dad helped her stand as he tipped back a bottle of Powerade for her to drink. She was completely disoriented and all she could say was ‘seizure.’ Dad put her in the car and turned the AC on blast while she drank the Powerade. We drove for about 10 minutes and let her recoup. Through her disoriented and slurred speech, we were able to make out that she had been walking for the past four hours, and dropped her phone along the way. It was 80 degrees outside! She was finally able to recall her mother’s phone number, so we called her mom, plugged in her address to the GPS and took her home. I firmly believe that this woman was put on our path for a reason, and I’m so thankful that we were in the right place at the right time. My dad has always been the good I see in the world, and I am so grateful for his kind heart towards others.”

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