A miracle is called an effect 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 one other hand, is just a striking occurrence of two or more events at one time apparently by mere chance.
How are you aware if magic has occurred in your life, and it was not “one lucky day!” which favors the fortunate? Allow me to explain what happened in early April 2009, and perhaps you will understand why I am convinced that the 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 city of Santiago to Puerto Plata. When it’s not raining, I may make the drive in an hour and a half at most. On this particular night there was a consistent drizzle, and the windshield wipers on our rental car were worn-out and ineffective.
Probably the most exciting part of visiting the Dominican Republic is the folks, and the elements is fabulous-when it’s not raining, that’s! There is a consistent breeze from the ocean which permeates the whole island with the fragrance of exotic plants, ripe fruits, and flowers completely bloom. The folks are friendly and very cooperative.
We had spent the whole 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. If 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. Because the start of the long drive from Santo Domingo earlier in the evening, I also had to keep tight control of the vehicle for it had a tendency to veer to the left-meaning, the vehicle 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 one other way with plenty of mid-center guard protection. One great asset to throw-in could be the wide shoulders on both sides of the road for emergencies. However, here is the biggest and most dangerous factor to take into account when driving in the Dominican Republic: many cars and motorcycles drive through the night with minimal or no lights at all. These vehicles are very old and worn-out that they only don’t have any lights left to turn on. But there they are getting at fifteen to twenty miles an hour and on the fast lane, nonetheless, and at all hours of your day and night acim on youtube. Therefore, it’s the responsibility of the driver with a good vehicle and a decent pair of headlights in order to avoid crashing into them, or more than likely get everyone hurt in the process.
When I go to the Dominican Republic, I help a friend of mine with the repairs of his cargo ship that has been there since last October. I drive cautiously considering most of the obstacles which could come up on you suddenly, e.g., stray animals, people crossing the highway, slow cars and motorcycles, bicycles, huge potholes, and more. On this particular evening, I was tired and exhausted from driving around Santo Domingo trying to find repair parts for the ship, and the countless conversations I had to translate from Spanish to English, and back again to Spanish for my friend and his business partner who’re owners of the cargo ship.
What happened this night, I’ll never forget! Driving on a four-lane percentage of highway between Santiago and Puerto Plata, and just a few miles out from the city, I kept my lights high for better visibility. Each time a car came on the alternative lanes, I would drop the lights. After a few momemts of raising and dropping the lights I just left the lights in the low position. I maintained the lights this way for around ten minutes, and I was driving about what we call’the fast lane’- this is the lane closest to the median. At the very least in the U.S. we call it that, however in the Dominican Republic it’s the lane that anyone can use, and at any speed they need to go day and night. Apparently, there is a distinction between fast and slow lanes there, but if there is, probably no body really cares, as was the case this evening.