Recently while speaking in church, I mentioned that there are a few significant days in our lives which for better or worse shape the rest of our lives. Not thinking that one of those days was just around the corner for our family.
On Saturday 12th October my daughter and her husband were involved in a head on car crash on the A38. We were called to Derriford Emergency department late that evening to be told that she needed an operation on internal injuries and that there was a spinal fracture. Out of the four people involved in the accident she was the worst off. At the time of writing she is improving and will soon be able to have some food. The prognosis is good, and she should make a full recovery, but it will take a long time.
This whole experience has made me think and re-evaluate what is really important in life. When you go through an experience like this there are many points of view. Here are two:
You were unlucky to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
You are lucky to be alive.
As a believer it has been comforting to know the presence of God and to be aware of His hand upon our family. Jesus came into a world full of bad days. He experienced many sad and traumatic days on this earth. We have a God who has firsthand experience of shock, grief, sadness and loss. I have found tremendous strength and energy from Him during this time.
As a family, we have been amazed at the amount of goodwill towards us, messages of love and practical help whenever we have needed it. So many people wanting to pray (even some who would not normally do so!).
Spending time in hospital, we have become more aware of the amount of suffering some people go through, sometimes alone. Let’s remember those who are struggling with a bad time in life right now. If you are going through a tough time, our prayer is for you, that you will know God’s help and comfort today.
Love to you all and thank you for your kindness.