A small animal suddenly darted in front of the Jeep Patriot, causing Angela to swerve. Next thing she knew, cold, salty water was rising above her knees and her head was throbbing. Touching it, she discovered her head was bleeding profusely. Behind her stood the 250-foot Big Sur cliff that her vehicle had just come careening off of, landing upright on the rocky shore of the Pacific Ocean. But now, her Jeep was filling up with water fast. Finding an emergency tool, she broke the glass and swam to the safety of the cliff. Climbing to a safe ledge, she curled up and slept until daylight. When she awoke, it didn't take long for her to realize that she was alone. The closest she could get to civilization was a high spot on the shore that allowed her to see the cars speeding by along Highway 1, but none of them ever saw her. It wasn't until a week later that a couple of surfers-turned-fishers due to the lack of good waves happened to climb down to the beach, walk an hour north, and come across Angela's vehicle and finally Angela. Help soon arrived and she is currently recovering in a hospital, sharing her miraculous story with friends, family, and the rest of the world. She posted to Facebook that she "can't imagine that there isn't a bigger purpose for (her) in this life."

I don't know if you've had an experience where you know you should have died but you're still alive. I know I've had a few of those. As I was reading the news yesterday and discovered Angela's story, it reminded me just how fragile life is but just how amazing our God is. He takes care of us and loves us despite our sometimes foolish mistakes. When Jesus was on earth He said, "What is the price of two sparrows—one copper coin? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it" (Matthew 10:29, NLT). God cares about the smallest creature He has created and He certainly cares about you. I believe that God has a big purpose for each one of our lives. Won't you ask Him His purpose for you is?

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