Protected by HU
Singing the Sacred Name of God Saves This Woman's Life
Every day, I do spiritual exercises to keep myself open to the love of God. One of my favorite exercises is to sing HU, an ancient and sacred name for God. When I sing it, my heart fills with inner peace and the wonder of God's love.
I especially enjoy listening to a CD recording of the HU song on my morning drive to work. As I sing along, I declare myself an open channel for God's love.
One morning I was driving to work on the interstate, happily singing along to the HU CD.
All of a sudden, the traffic in front of me came to a dead stop. I braked as hard as I could, hoping I wouldn't hit the car ahead of me. To my relief, I stopped just in time. Then I looked into my rearview mirror.
A huge truck was barreling toward me, the driver frantically trying to stop. But there wasn't enough time. In just seconds the truck would hit my car from behind at full speed.
Panicked, I looked around for an escape. But I was blocked by cars on both sides. As I braced myself for the impact, I realized I wasn't even wearing a seat belt.
The truck crashed into my car at sixty-five miles an hour.
"God, please help me!" I screamed. I was certain I was about to die.
Suddenly, an invisible hand reached into the car and wrapped itself around me. It held me tightly as the force of the impact sent my vehicle slamming into the car in front of me.
Oh, no! I thought, I'm going to be thrown through the windshield! But the loving hand held me so securely that the back of my head didn't even hit the headrest.
For a moment, all I could hear was the sound of grinding metal. Then everything became still and quiet. I felt the hand withdraw from the car.
As I looked around, I discovered I was completely unharmed. The HU song was still playing on the CD player. Love and gratitude filled my heart.
I had been protected by the hand of God.
Soon I heard sirens. Firemen and policemen arrived to help.
"The ambulance is coming," one of them said. "Don't worry. We're going to get you out of the car. Just hold on."
"I'm OK," I said, trying to reassure him that I was not hurt.
"But you can't be OK!" he replied with an incredulous look on his face. He thought I was in shock.
Someone else asked, "Ma'am, have you seen your car?"
Obviously, I hadn't seen the damage. But I assured them again I was fine and asked them to check on the other drivers.
Later, when I saw my car from the outside, I understood their concern. The rear end of the vehicle had been pushed all the way up to the backseats, and the front end was crushed. My car looked like an accordion, and I had been stuck in the middle. Miraculously, no one was hurt in any of the three vehicles involved. We were all OK.
The ambulance arrived and took me to the hospital to be x-rayed. To everyone's surprise, there were no fractures, cuts, or bruises. I didn't have a single injury.
The attending doctor couldn't believe it and wrote me a prescription for pain medication anyway. He said the impact was so severe that I would certainly be in a lot of pain the next day.
But there was no pain the next day or any day after. I walked away from the accident without a scratch.
I now know there is no limit to the power of singing HU. It opened my heart to God's great love and certainly kept me from harm.
Whenever I think of this experience, my heart fills with joy and gratitude. I know I was protected by the loving hand of God.
Excerpted from the 2010 Eckankar Journal, copyright © 2009 ECKANKAR. All rights reserved.