For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.” (Isiah 41:13 ESV)
As parents, there are times when our faith is put to the test, no more so then when we get a middle of the night phone call.
“Mom, I’m okay, but your car is smashed!”
My older daughter had me at the scene of the accident in less than ten minutes, but a busy road kept me away from the action. I could see two twisted, totaled vehicles, but not my car. I could see over a dozen emergency responders, and another dozen bystanders, but not my youngest daughter.
I would love to say that at this moment I was composed and totally walking in faith, however, for every time I had to hit the cross walk button, my peace was dwindling. Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen . . . I get that . . . but as a mother . . . in that moment . . . I needed a visual of my kid.
After all, I had known people who called their loved ones with news that they were ‘fine’ only to find out later that they had multiple bone fractures and internal injuries. What if that was my daughter’s story? Where was she?
The light finally changed to walk and I rushed towards the parked ambulance. Upon reaching it, I could see my crushed car and my slightly stunned, but physically fine girl. Whew.
Before I left the house I knew the Lord was in control and that He had Mia in his care, but as I was stranded on the corner of that busy road, I will admit, I wanted to physically have my piece of her too.
Of course God was holding my baby’s hand that night. Several police and medical personnel told me that they couldn’t believe that all involved in the accident —four people and a cow – had walked away unscathed. Not even any injuries from the airbags. God is good.
Father, we thank You that You do hold our hands and are our help. Forgive us for letting doubt creep in when circumstances obstruct our view of Your goodness. Help us to bring to mind all the many times that You have come through for us and to put our trust in You. Amen
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