Stranded trucker’s advice
COFFEE WITH WARREN, with Warren Harbeck
To say that weather conditions recently in British Columbia have made for great difficulties would be a gross understatement. The washed-out highways leading to Vancouver have posed particular problems for long-haul truckers – and for all drivers – who have found themselves stranded.
Our Calgary coffee companion Clayton Stanwick has had over 25 years of experience driving semi trucks.
“I was very fortunate to not be driving in the area of B.C. that experienced the terrible mudslides, flooding and road washouts that occurred the last few weeks,” Clay says. “My heart is deeply saddened by what has happened, not only to the farmers in the flood, but to all affected by the disaster.”
Although he has not been caught up in the current B.C. situation, he has been stranded for other reasons, such as having to sit a long winter’s night in his truck in a remote part of Jasper because a truck accident up ahead had closed the highway.
I asked him if he had any advice for driving in dangerous times like these. Here are Clay’s ten potentially lifesaving suggestions for all drivers:
Don’t let yourself be overcome with fear? That brings us around immediately to the place of Clay’s treasured travelling companion. The former pastor puts it this way:
“For me, it is extremely important to remember that God is always with me in the truck or car, and I can talk to Him and ask for His guidance in every serious situation I encounter,” Clay says. “God loves every person and is very able and willing to guide you through the storm, if you will just ask Him to. While trucking in very difficult weather situations, I have trusted God to do things for me that I know were a direct answer to my prayer.”
Ah yes, Clay, God is our Travelling Companion in the journey of life, even when stranded along a washed-out B.C. highway. As the Bible says (Isaiah 41:10), “Do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God.” Thank you for this reminder.
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