Saturday, September 29, 2012

God Could Have, but Chose To...

God could have kept Amanda on the road. He could have let the truck smoothly pass over the area where the tire was caught. He could have prevented the accident and let her get to school on time. That way would not have brought Him much glory because people don't notice those things. They take them for granted if they ever give them thought at all.

God could have taken my child home Tuesday. I've already shared that portion of the road is very dangerous, and that there was at least one fatality. Clint and I were the first people to that accident and saw the dead young man and helped his surviving girlfriend out of the burning vehicle. I stared at the memorial from Amanda's crash scene.

God could have put another vehicle in her path and taken two or more people home that morning. Amanda could have been critically injured like a friend's son was two years ago. He could have let her be beat up by the many objects in the cab, but He didn't. She is walking around easily without pain today, three days after the accident. (Update: Four days later, she still has no increased pain. God continues to be merciful to her.)

God chose Amanda to glorify Himself through. He protected her from the heavy objects in the cab as the truck rolled. He kept her from hitting a telephone pole. She went through a horrific accident, but has only minor injuries. He enabled her to keep her head all the way through the crash which amazes her as much as it does everyone else. Then, she got herself out of the truck, made phone calls, and moved her college textbooks away from the damage. She will tell of God's protection in this incredible story for the rest of her life. He is more glorified in keeping her safe in a horrific accident than He would ever have been if He had prevented it from occurring. One way would have never been noticed, and the other is being talked about all over the place.

When she was reseen for her concussion, she had the same people who had seen her immediately after the accident. All of them remarked on how little pain she has. They told her the bruises are healing much quicker than they expected. "You should be black and blue here, but you aren't! The skin on your knuckles is almost grown back!!" The few injuries she does have are healing rapidly.

We hope you see God at work in our family through the many incredible things that have happened to us. Amanda should be injured more than she is. You can give credit to her seat belt or something else, but we give credit to the Lord. We've seen Him at work many times in our lives. Each time, in each situation, He has brought our family through unscathed. This is our appointed time and place to reflect His glory. 

Acts 17: 26b-27 "From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us." 

If you drove and arrived somewhere safely today, please take a moment to give God the glory.