Our Jeep Grand Cherokee is on the right.
I had just picked up our grandson Casey, 14, from his cross country practice. We stopped at a doughnut shop and took some sweet sustenance to go. At the first red traffic light we were sitting there munching on our treats when WHAM! A huge sound, a jarring, blurring movement, and we were out in the intersection. We had been rear ended! I looked over at Casey and asked, “You okay?” “Yeah,” he said, then asked, “You okay?” “Yeah,” I said. We thank the Lord neither of us was injured.
A semi-trailer had plowed into the lady behind us and she into us. It took the emergency people about 20 minutes to extract her with several sets of jaws of life. We pray she’s okay.
All of our plans for that day, and days after, changed in the ONE second that took us from contentedly munching on our doughnuts at a red light to finding ourselves in a crumpled car in the intersection. Transportation for the next days was complicated, this vehicle was our one and only. There were many conversations with all the insurance companies involved. We’re now shopping for a different vehicle.
Many accidents and other unplanned events people face are much worse than what Casey and I experienced, but, nevertheless, it was an upsetting experience. It also has been, as God would have it be, a teachable time. God never wastes pain, and our experience was no exception.
Casey’s take-away? He told me, “I realized that life is a gift and it can be taken away from you at any moment of any day. That your only safety is in Christ and that’s it.” Wise words from a 14 year old!
I’ll share what I’ve shared before how my mother, when talking about future plans, would conclude by saying, “Lord willing.” It was a verbal reminder that we’re not in ultimate control of events but that God is. “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps,” is the way the book of Proverbs puts it in chapter 16, verse nine.
The fact that God is in ultimate control of everything is referred to as His sovereignty. Having an accurate assessment of life, viewing it in the right way, means we realize God is in control and we are not! Whatever happens to us has His ultimate approval, because He has his reasons and they will ultimately be proven to be good. Life is lived well when we are mindful of this fact and yield to Him and His oftentimes mysterious ways.
“Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If is is the Lord’s will, we will lie and do this or that.'” James 4:13-15.