This past week, my daughters and I were in a car crash. Thank God everyone walked away okay. Physically, there is nothing but bumps and bruises. Mentally and spiritually, there is a lot more going on.
First of all, the wreck was traumatic. For various reasons, none nefarious, my Honda Accord wound up straddling two trees while being suspended over a 5-foot drainage ditch in my neighborhood. Because of the trees, we never hit the bottom, and I fear the accident and wounds would have been much worse if we had hit the ground. I’m thankful for God’s uses of those two trees.
Now, we sort out our hearts and minds post-wreck.
For example, my totaled car is 11 years old. My children only know me driving that car. They love it. They said it smelled like me (coffee). I was planning on gifting it to my daughter when she gets her license next year. All of those plans have changed.
Financially, waiting until next year to get a new car made a lot sense for us. Now, we have to figure out whether we are shelling out cash to get an older car back on the road or whether we need to buy a newish car. Neither were the plan right now. What a time to trust God because I don’t have the answers
Spiritually, we are so thankful to God. Once we got everybody home, we circled up and prayed. I thanked God for his faithfulness and mercy in a wreck that could have been much worse. I also encouraged my children in this way. I told them, “I’ve said all summer that this is the summer we get closer to God. God just agreed.” I don’t want to waste this moment.
The wreck last week was one of those moments where God just pushes the pause button in your life. It was an occurrence that we just weren’t expecting. Our plans were good, but they didn’t include the demolition of my car.
Human wisdom says, “Man plans. God laughs.” Biblical wisdom says:
James 4: 13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— 14 yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.
I don’t know if we were boasting in our plan for a new car next year or not, but I do know that right now, I am praying a whole lot more about things like new cars, a new driver, and my finances.
All in all, my family is okay. We have such a more rich prayer life and dependence on God right now. For those things, and my family’s safety, I am so thankful.
If you would like to hear more about this moment, I talk about it in my podcast, “This is Gonna Hurt”. You can find the direct link here.