A Boat Crash

Yesterday, the Cornerstone team was late coming in. It was decided that I would go on ahead with the boatman, Shannon, so I could film the boat trip. So it was just Shannon and I cruising through the canals. I was sitting at the bow of the boat getting some great footage, and I mean GREAT. Once we reached the lagoon, it was getting too choppy so I sat on a seat. We entered another canal, and I thought, “I should go back up to the bow.” Then I thought “No, no I should not, I have enough footage, I should stay seated.” Two minutes later a boat came flying around the corner, way too fast and on the wrong side! We were looking at a head-on collision.

Shannon swerved right, but not enough. Our boats crashed into each other. I was in so much shock! I looked at Shannon and said, “Are you all right? Are you all right? I hurt my thumb.” Sure enough I jammed it pretty well. It’s slightly sprained. I thought the boat was going to sink and started thinking about what I needed to do to move the luggage. Thankfully, the boat was only damaged near the bow. No holes, and it still runs!

Praise the Lord for His faithfulness. Had I been at the bow of the boat I would have been injured badly. Had Vera been on the boat her neck would have been totally messed up again. Had I not put the camera away, it would have been damaged. “Great is thy faithfulness, Oh God, my Father.” Amen.

10 thoughts on “A Boat Crash

  1. Randy Down

    Never a dull moment!

  2. Valerie

    How scary, Melissa, I’m so thankful you’re safe. God takes care of His own, praise Him always. Love you!

  3. Dan Wilson

    Good thing you had swimming lessons when you were younger!

    Love you!


  4. Mary


    God is good.

  5. Mom

    “The Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” What a reminder of His guidance and loving protection.

  6. Jenifer O'Neal

    Thank you God for having your protecting hands around Melissa and Shannon.

  7. Dave

    I’m sure Tim is concerned about his camera right now. But we’re thankful you’re safe. 🙂

  8. Debbie

    Praise the Lord, Hallelujah! We don’t want you hurt in any way. Praise God who has His eye on the ‘sparrow’.

  9. Mom

    What do you do for a sprained/jammed thumb? Ice and immobilize? Do you have ice there? Did the church group arrive at the Retreat?

  10. Lea

    I am so glad you are all okay. God is so good isn’t he!!?

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