Recently, there was a bad car accident out on one of the local highways. It wasn’t the typical busy big city main highway, but certainly busy compared to some. The vehicle had swerved off the side of the road, over-corrected, swerved back to the opposite side of the road, hitting the guardrail causing it to flip over on its roof.
Lots of cars slowed down, and moved out of the way. The cars were certainly diligent in cooperating together to uniformly move out of the way, forming a single file line in the opposite lane to get safely by. Every single driver curiously looked at the accident as they passed by. Most shook their head in disbelief, and pity. Many shook their head in sadness for whoever was in the car. Some drove by with simple curiosity. One person driving by even sent up a prayer to God.
After what seemed like dozens of minutes having passed, all the cars were gone and the roadway was quiet once again except for the sound of a hissing radiator and one of the tires still rattling in a spin.
People went home, ate dinner, played with the kids, folded laundry, and told their spouses and friends about the sad accident they had seen earlier on the way home. Everyone was curious what the outcome was; what the cause was… Everyone was concerned for whoever might have been in the vehicle. Continue reading
“Good bye mom, I love you!” seventeen year old Cassie told her mother as she walked out the front door and hurried off to school. It was a day like any other, running late, homework to finish before afternoon classes, and normal teenage life in the high school to deal with.
While at school that morning, she handed her friend, Amanda, a note.
“It’s so frustrating to be patient and wait for God’s perfect timing. It’s so hard to remember that his timing is not our timing. That he knows best. I need to learn to trust, be faithful and trusting…and choose his will… P.S. Honestly, I want to live completely for God. It’s hard and scary, but totally worth it.”
Little did either one of them know that would be Cassie’s last day here on earth.
On April 20th, 1999, Cassie and others heard the gun shots down the hall and hid underneath a lunchroom table as the two boys entered and began shooting. One of the boys walked up to the table Cassie was hiding underneath, slapped the tabletop twice with his hand, and bent over to see her. Continue reading
Sometimes life gets us good. Sometimes we get dealt a card that we wouldn’t ever have chosen to get dealt in a million years. Sometimes God brings us through situations and experiences in life, and we look back now, with it behind us, and wonder how on earth we got through it. Sometimes we look back, and wonder why we ever had to go through it to begin with.
Those bad experiences are, in effect, allowed by God. Maybe not caused by God in general, but at minimum, allowed. Sometimes, and perhaps more often than that, we never get to know why. But let me offer up one perspective that we can have after we’ve come through those hard times…
Simply put, we can Continue reading