A miracle is referred to as an impact 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 another 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 lifetime, and it wasn’t “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 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. If it is not raining, I could make the drive in an hour and a half at most. On this particular night there clearly was a consistent drizzle, and the windshield wipers on our rental car were worn-out and ineffective.
The absolute most exciting section of visiting the Dominican Republic is the folks, and the weather is fabulous-when it is not raining, that is! 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 people 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 next 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 may get into serious trouble. Considering that the start of the long drive from Santo Domingo earlier later in the day, I also had to help keep tight control of the car for it had a tendency to veer to the left-meaning, the car was also out of alignment to add to my misery.
The key highways in the Dominican Republic can be ample, and with at the very least two lanes one of the ways, and two going another way with plenty of mid-center guard protection. One great asset to throw-in may be the wide shoulders on both parties of the trail for emergencies. However, this can be a biggest and most dangerous factor to consider when driving in the Dominican Republic: many cars and motorcycles drive at night with minimal or no lights at all. These vehicles are so old and worn-out that they just have no lights left to show on. But there they are getting at fifteen to twenty miles an hour and on the fast lane, nonetheless, and at all hours of the afternoon and night acim on youtube. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the driver with a great vehicle and a decent set of headlights to avoid crashing into them, or more than likely get everyone hurt in the process.
When I head to the Dominican Republic, I help a pal of mine with the repairs of his cargo ship which has been there since last October. I drive very carefully considering most of the obstacles that’ll come 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 looking for repair parts for the ship, and the countless conversations I had to translate from Spanish to English, and back to Spanish for my friend and his business partner who’re owners of the cargo ship.
What happened this night, I will remember! Driving on a four-lane part of highway between Santiago and Puerto Plata, and only a few miles out of 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 couple of minutes of raising and dropping the lights I simply left the lights in the low position. I maintained the lights that way for approximately ten minutes, and I was driving about what 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 is the lane that everyone 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 you have, probably nobody really cares, as was the case this evening.