Saturday, February 23, 2008

Sad times...


Some one I knew passed away yesterday. She was only 20.

The scrapbooking board that I am a member of seemed to have an unusually high amount of bad news on their prayer board. Lots of sickness, deaths, financial troubles...

My car wouldn't start for me to go to a meeting I needed to go to. It was raining and I had all the kids in the car. Would.not.start. My husband came home later and started it right up. Weird. We get ready to go to Youth Group and I make arrangements to meet up with my advisor at a local McDonald's to cover the meeting that I missed earlier in the day. I drop everyone off at Youth Group, go to the meeting (with my baby in tow), get ready to leave - car won't start. I am about to cry at this point, but decide not to, because there is a group of teenagers hanging out directly in front of my car. They were listening to music, smoking, trying thier best to be cool... So I wait for my husband. He gets in and the car starts right up. Weird.

We are on our way home and we see an accident happen - actually did not see it happen, but heard it - on the freeway overpass. We get on the freeway. The rest of the cars are stopped behind us and we see another accident that has just taken place. Police were already there.

We are driving along, when out of nowhere, we see a huge tire coming full speed at our car! My husband can do nothing but let it hit us. It only clipped our bumper and went flying the other direction. Traffic stops in front of us. There was ANOTHER accident. This one was really bad. As we get closer to the scene, I begin to cry. My daughter who is 8 is also crying. You can see by the accident that it must be fatal. There were probably a total of 10 - 12 cars involved in this crash.

I know that things happen. I know that life happens, but sometimes you wonder. What if I had made it to the meeting in the morning? What if I did not have to be at the later meeting therefore putting us on the freeway later than usual? What if my car had started right away allowing us to get on earlier than usual?

The young lady that died was only 20. It looks like it may have been an oversight from a simple case of tonsilitis gone bad. What about her young husband that has a birthday today, but will not be celebrating?

I hugged my children closer. I told them that all of these things may have happened for different reasons, but for us - it should be a reminder. We need to love each other. Quit fighting over things. Be thankful for life and health. Realize that all things happen for a reason, even if we don't always understand why.

I Corinthians 13:12 says For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

7 comments:

Veronica said...

:( Sounds like you had a really tough day. I like your perspective on it though - to appreciate what you do have even more. Hugs for you and your family.

SavedbyGrace said...

Sherry, I'm so thankful that God has you and your family in the palm of His hands. What a scary thought, but comforting to know that God is there with you always. We announced prayer for kiesha's family. May all things work together for good according to His purpose and perfect plan. I love you.

Elisabeth Renee said...

I know those days well. Loosing a friend is so hard. Seeing such tragedy is painful. But seeing God's grace and mercy though it all is so comforting. I'll be praying for you!

amy said...

I am so sorry to hear of your student's death. I taught in the classroom for thirteen years, and it was never easy when something like this occured. Hugs to you. I am glad your family made it home safely.

gaye said...

{{{HUGS}}}}

Lee said...

Oh Sherry, what a terrible, complicated day :(

Lori said...

Thank you that was very sweet of you to share with people. Jeremy is doing well, 1 day at a time. Please continue to pray for him, God will help him through this..
Lori