We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
It was good…and suddenly it wasn’t. Yup…it was my birthday…not the last one but the one before that. I was on my way to Cracker Barrel to have breakfast with three of my friends…and one of them was buying. It was snowing and the roads were ok but not great. As we neared the restaurant my Apple Watch vibrated and I glanced down and saw three words, “Help, Help, Help.” Now that will get your attention. The message was from my oldest granddaughter and moments later was followed by another short message, “I have been in an accident.” Then for a few minutes things went silent. While we knew she was on her way to work we had no idea where she was.
The message was sent through our family chat group so soon messages were flying but her end was silent. We were frightened…we were afraid. A free breakfast suddenly had lost every bit of its appeal. Only one thing mattered and that was a young lady somewhere who was in trouble. Well, soon she let us know that she had called 911 and the police and an ambulance were on the way. Through a location service on her phone, we learned where she was, off, literally off, Interstate 57. Her dad immediately was on the way and after a long, few minutes, was there with her. Here’s what happened.
She was driving on the Interstate and apparently hit a patch of black ice. Though going straight, the back of the car began to fishtail, and she went off the side of the road and down a steep embankment. The journey was well over 100 feet and the car missed several small trees and ended up in a ditch at the bottom. The airbags deployed and that gave her a mild concussion. Her left leg was also banged up but amazingly she was ok. When we later saw the pictures of the path of the car, it was clear that something Divine had happened. Someone bigger than her was in control that day.
One of the most revealing things in the photo was a large and deep concrete culvert. The truth is if she had been no more than 50 feet further down the road, she would have dove, front end first into this deep culvert and the story would have had a different ending. God, and I do believe it was Him, that day and in that circumstance administered a large dose of grace that averted a tragic ending. His ways are mysterious and why her and why then is known only to Him.
Things like this happen all the time with all kinds of different outcomes but one thing remains constant. For those of us who believe in Him and follow Him it is a moment in the classroom of faith. It’s one of those constant lessons in life and a school that we never really graduate from. The Bible says we are to walk by faith, and it also says that without faith it is impossible to please God. That day God shouted, “Trust me.” But there is more. We also learned a little more about gratitude. You see, I can say that it never occurred to me to ask God, “Why did you allow this?” No, rather, the only thing that I could say was thank You, not for the accident but watching over her through the accident. And, honestly, it was because of the accident I discovered again His watch care. Had she arrived at work safety that day, well, I probably wouldn’t have given it a second thought.
Faith and gratitude…two very important cobblestones that we need to learn to navigate this journey called life. And as we journey, there will be times when it is easy to believe and easy to rejoice and there will be times when it seems impossible. But remember, He really is a good, good Father and in this broken, fragile world He is still God. Why He averts somethings while allowing others I don’t have a clue, but I know He is worthy of my trust. One of my favorite parts of the Bible assures me that He can, He does, bring good even out of bad situations and for that I am grateful. I am still enrolled in the school of faith and one of our class mottos are three incredibly powerful words, “He’s got this.” And…He does. Bro. Dewayne