A miracle is referred to as 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 the other hand, is just a striking occurrence of two or more events at one time apparently by mere chance.
How do you know if a miracle has occurred in your lifetime, and it wasn’t “one lucky day!” which favors the fortunate? I’d like to explain what happened in early April 2009, and perhaps you’ll understand why I’m 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 city of Santiago to Puerto Plata. When it is not raining, I may make the drive in an hour or so and a half at most. On this kind of night there was a constant drizzle, and the windshield wipers on our rental car were worn-out and ineffective.
The most exciting element of planing a trip to the Dominican Republic is the people, and the elements is fabulous-when it’s not raining, that’s! There is a constant breeze from the ocean which permeates the entire island with the fragrance of exotic plants, ripe fruits, and flowers in full bloom. The people are friendly and very cooperative.
We’d 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 later in the day, I also had to keep tight control of the car for it’d a tendency to veer to the left-meaning, the car was also out of alignment to add to my misery.
The main highways in the Dominican Republic can be 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 could be the wide shoulders on both sides of the trail for emergencies. However, this is actually the biggest and most dangerous factor to think about when driving in the Dominican Republic: many cars and motorcycles drive through the night with minimal or no lights at all. These vehicles are so old and worn-out that they simply haven’t any lights left to turn on. But there they are getting at fifteen to twenty miles an hour or so 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 totally possible get everyone hurt in the process.
When I visit 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 cautiously considering all of the obstacles which could come through to 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 again to Spanish for my friend and his business partner who are owners of the cargo ship.
What happened this night, I will remember! Driving on a four-lane percentage of highway between Santiago and Puerto Plata, and just a few miles from the city, I kept my lights high for better visibility. Whenever a car came on the contrary lanes, I would drop the lights. After a couple of minutes of raising and dropping the lights I simply left the lights in the lower position. I maintained the lights that way for about ten minutes, and I was driving on which we call’the fast lane’- that’s the lane closest to the median. At the least in the U.S. we call it that, but in the Dominican Republic it’s the lane that everyone can use, and at any speed they wish to go day and night. Apparently, there is a distinction between fast and slow lanes there, but if there is, probably nobody really cares, as was the case this evening.