If you had been with us Friday evening, standing in this spot, you would have been looking at the back end of our car after it slid off the road. The car came to rest at a 60 degree angle with all five of us (and the dog) in it. God worked a series of miracles for us that evening, not because we are extra special, but because He has a purpose in them. When Jesus performed miracles in the Gospels, it was always to underscore His deity and power over the natural world.
God showed His power over physics Friday night in several ways. Our car should have flipped on over. (Jon even felt the driver’s side wheels leave the ground.) It didn’t. We had cell phone service- four bars! Jon’s brother, Steve, came to help rescue us. The big diesel truck that stopped to check on us quit sliding before it bumped into our precariously perched vehicle. (We didn’t stop sliding. He did. Hmmm.) The car didn’t flip over when the tow truck pulled it out. There was not a scratch on it. We even had the extra money to pay the tow truck driver.
So what was the purpose in all that? Hard to say at this point. However, my kids all understand that it means something to ask God for protection when we travel. It’s not just a silly routine to pray before we leave our driveway. It reminded me that God is there, in every situation. What could have been a devastating wreck was only mildly annoying. Even my little laptop was safe. (I had just finished the latest round of edits on Contingency. I’m almost ready to submit it. And the computer was on the downhill side. If the car had flipped, all the luggage would have landed on it.)
All safe. All sound. God is good.
In last Friday’s post, I mentioned that it had begun ‘raining’ as my mom was rushed to the ER. She’s out of ICU now, but each test result gives us additional issue to deal with- pulmonary edema, bilateral pneumonia, congestive heart failure, gastritis, colitis and on and on. A heart cath yesterday revealed two additional blockages. (She had triple bypass surgery a year ago.) Yesterday afternoon, they found an abdominal aoritic aneurysm.
I still trust God’s goodness. Especially when it rains.