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 another hand, is just a striking occurrence of two or more events at one time apparently by mere chance.
How do you know if magic has occurred in your life, and it was not “one lucky day!” which favors the fortunate? I’d like to explain what happened in early April 2009, and perhaps you will understand why I am convinced 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 can make the drive in an hour and a half at most. On this kind of night there was a consistent drizzle, and the windshield wipers on our rental car were worn-out and ineffective.
The most exciting element of traveling to the Dominican Republic is the folks, and the weather is fabulous-when it’s not raining, that is! There’s a consistent breeze from the ocean which permeates the whole island with the fragrance of exotic plants, ripe fruits, and flowers completely bloom. Individuals 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 another leg of driving, and night had set in. When you’re 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 later in the day, 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 main highways in the Dominican Republic are quite ample, and with at least two lanes one way, and two going another way with lots of mid-center guard protection. One great asset to throw-in is the wide shoulders on both sides of the road 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 during the night with minimal or no lights at all. These vehicles are so old and worn-out that they only have no 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 the day and night acim on youtube. Therefore, it’s the responsibility of the driver with a good vehicle and a decent group of headlights in order to avoid crashing into them, or very possible get everyone hurt in the process.
When I visit the Dominican Republic, I help a friend of mine with the repairs of his cargo ship which has been there since last October. I drive meticulously considering all the obstacles that may come up on 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 throughout Santo Domingo trying to find repair parts for the ship, and the countless conversations I’d to translate from Spanish to English, and back again to Spanish for my friend and his business partner that are owners of the cargo ship.
What happened this night, I’ll never forget! Driving on a four-lane portion 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 lower position. I maintained the lights like that 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’s a distinction between fast and slow lanes there, but when there is, probably nobody really cares, as was the case this evening.