Thursday, October 28, 2010


You hear stories all the time about how people’s lives are changed in an instant. In the blink of an eye.

But you never expect it to happen to you or someone you love. Until it does.

One minute, your mind is filled with thoughts of juggling mundane tasks such as cleaning the house, getting the kids to soccer practice, and finishing up those nagging projects hanging over your head. The next minute, you get an unexpected phone call and all those seemingly important things no longer matter.

God has sent you an interruption to lift your eyes from your to do list and remind you that every breath is a gift.

A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.
(Proverbs 16:9)

I received one of these “interruptions” recently when I received a phone call that my sister had been in a terrible car accident.

Amazingly, she has two broken legs and two broken arms, but no head trauma and no serious internal injuries. She will recover. Looking at the damage to the car, I have only one word that comes to my mind: thankful.

  • Thankful that my sister is still alive.
  • Thankful that no one else was in the car with her (because the passenger’s side was much more damaged than the driver’s side).
  • Thankful for the passing motorist that found the accident in the wee hours of the morning and called for help.
  • Thankful for the first responder EMT who was a family friend and notified the family quickly.
  • Thankful for compassionate and competent medical care.
  • Thankful for the limiting hand of God that said, “This much damage, but no more.” (Job 38:11) There are so many ways this accident could have been much worse.

If you have been interrupted lately, thank God for reminding you that every step is directed by Him and is intended for our good, to conform us more to the image of His Son (Romans 8:28-29).

If you haven’t been interrupted lately, pause now and thank God for the mundane: for your family and friends, for health, for protection from unknown dangers, for the breath you’re taking right now.


Kim said...

WOW Jennifer! It is God's goodness that she survived that accident. What a great reminder on the brevity of life as we know it. Thanking God with you.

Krista said...

Thanks for sharing your reflections. Those our such encouraging words for EVERYONE. I am so thankful that God spared her life.

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