So do not fear, for I am with you;do not be dismayed, for I am your God.I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 NIV
Witnesses told me later that it looked like a NASCAR accident. My car propelled up in the air, flipped, and rolled three times. It happened so fast there wasn’t time to pray, yet I felt God’s presence. Inside my car I felt a peace and I was ready to meet my Maker. I felt arms holding me. I thought this has to be God, or could it be one of His angels? It was an awesome feeling I will never forget.
Some folks need a touch from God and others need to be held in His loving protective arms.I was ready to be welcomed home by my Heavenly Father, but He had other plans for me.
“God must not be finished with me yet,” I said to shocked witnesses as I climbed out of my car. Although shaken, I walked away from the accident without a scratch.
I’m not sure why I was in a horrific car accident nor why I was miraculously spared. What I do know is that I am ready for my next assignment on the path of life God has set before me and the next chapter in my life.
I don’t think God caused my car accident, but I do believe he turns bad things into good for those who put their trust in Him. That’s what He did for me, as a result of the accident; I received a settlement check from the other driver’s insurance company.
They referred to the settlement as pain and suffering. No doubt my pain and suffering includes my apprehension while riding in a car. My husband, Ed,said he should be paid for pain and suffering because he’s the one who has to listen to me when I warn, “Do you see that car?” Or I shout, “Stop! Stop! Stop!” My voice grows louder each time I yell stop.
Ed and I discussed what to do with the unexpected money. Because we live on a small income, we had many options on how to use it. I added another choice when I shared my dream of self-publishing my novel. We decided to use the settlement money to self-publish the novel I’d worked on for 27 years. Although rejected by countless agents and editors, I believed in the story and wanted to see it in print. At the time of the accident I couldn’t imagine that it would result in my book being published.
The theme of my book is God saves sinners. I believe there are those who will never read the Bible, but will read a novel. So I included God’s plan of salvation in my book.
My historical novel, Lily, is not only a book for believers but a tool as wellfor believers to share their faith with others.
I believe God called me to write Lily and He has blessed me to see it published in my lifetime.
Heavenly Father, thank You for holding me in Your arms as the car rolled over, and over, and over again. I feel blessed to have walked away from that horrific accident. May my story of being held in Your arms be a testament to Your modern day miracles. Amen.
B. J. Bassett encourages others as an author, teacher and speaker. Her books include a contemporary novel, Gillian’s Heart; a historical novel Lily; A Touch of Grace—The G.R.A.C.E. Ministries Story; and coauthor of a children’s devotional My Time with God, Focus on the Family, Heritage Builders, with over 55,000 copies sold.
As a contributing writer, publications consist of Writer’s Handbook 2000, The Writer, andThe Focus on the Family Guide to Growing a Healthy Home, Wolgemuth & Hyatt, Publishers, Inc.—consistently on Bookstore Journal’s Best-selling Christian Books List from November 1990 - February 1991, and voted the 10 Best Books for 1990 by Today’s Christian Woman.
Magazines, devotional booklets, curriculum and newspaper publishers include Focus on the Family, Woman’s World, The Quiet Hour, Pathways to God, Devotions, Harcourt Brace, WordAction, Gospel Publishing and Times Standard (newspaper).
She teaches writing workshops at Umpqua Community College, Roseburg, OR and at writer’s conferences. As a speaker for Stonecroft Ministries, she tells her story of rejection and acceptance, not only in life, but as a writer as well. She also offers book talks, including discussion questions and shares the journey—from the seed of an idea to a published book.
Memberships: ACFW and Oregon Christian Writers (OCW).
She enjoys reading, jigsaw puzzles, knitting, munching warm scones oozing with butter and strawberry jam and sipping earl grey tea.
A native Californian, she lives with her husband of 60 years in Roseburg, Oregon.
B J Bassett
Lily Book Blurb:
California, 1900—nestled in the foothills of the northern California coast, the town of Laurel Springs is home to high-spirited Lily Blair, the daughter of Rev. William Blair. Lily delights in being spoiled by her grandmother and father, and even though she lost her mother to childbirth, she glories in life itself and continuously pushes the bonds of propriety.
Having her every whim indulged as a child leads to a tough road as an adult. Lily falls in love with James Conti and wants to marry him, but James heads off to fight in the Great War, leaving Lily alone and heartbroken. When her father wants to send her off to boarding school, Lily makes yet another rash decision and marries a man she does not love.
In the ensuing years, Lily endures hardship and loss, a sharp detour from the pampered existence she once enjoyed. Yet as Lily struggles to cope with these unexpected changes, she discovers just how powerful God’s love and forgiveness can be. But will it be enough to get her through the darkest days yet to come?
Lily is an emotional story that celebrates the strength of the human spirit.