Puns are often painfully bad. There’s a reason why Samuel Johnson, the first person to compile an English dictionary, called them the lowest form of humor.
However, sometimes puns can seem a little profound. At least that’s what has happened in the case of one fortuitously named Florida tow-truck driver.
Chris Miracle knew all about the opportunities his last name offered for linguistic silliness. In fact, his family had even incorporated one into its business, according to Fox News.
The Baker County, Florida, clan owns and operates Miracle Automotive & Truck Services. The company’s motto? “Miracles do happen here.”
Its website also reads in a bold yellow font, “If you have an automotive crisis, don’t pray for a miracle. Call Miracle!”
Yes, it does sound more than a little cheesy, but on April 24, the name proved positively prophetic.
Chris Miracle, who is 26 years old and drives one of the company tow trucks, was out on a nighttime call. While he cruised by a church in Manntown, Florida, he glanced out the window and noticed lights flashing in the darkness.
Normally, that might not seem like too odd of an occurrence, but on that night, something seemed off about the situation.
“I’ve driven by it a thousand times,” Miracle said. “But something didn’t feel right, so I turned around.”
He told WJXT, “I went about a mile down the road, and I was like, ‘This doesn’t look right. Nothing flashes at the church.’”
Little did he know that his presence was an answer to prayer. A 77-year-old woman who’d been driving late at night had reportedly experienced unexpected side effects from some medication.
She’d lost control of her car and veered off the road some 40 yards. Her vehicle had finally plowed through thick brush and into a creek, WJXT reported.
“I mean, it was almost sitting nose down,” Miracle said.
Unable to get out and lacking a cell phone, the woman had turned on some gospel music and prayed as she waited.
Fortunately, Miracle found her in a timely manner and freed her car. She ended up in the hospital, having suffered minor injuries.
Miracle felt fortunate to have been able to help.
“There’s definitely a higher power that made me be on the road at that time to be where I was,” he said. “She knew the Lord would send somebody her way. So it was meant to be.”
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