Ok, God, They’re Yours!

On May 1, my husband Mark and I were driving back from Cleveland, Tennessee, with our van full of our oldest daughter’s college “stuff’.  We had 230 miles left of our 2-day, 1,350 mile trek when we received a brief, noisy, and chaotic call from our high school senior informing us that she had been hit by one car directly into another car head-on (not her fault!) and she was sitting in the back of an ambulance being checked out and waiting for a tow truck.  My heart fell into the pit of my stomach as I shared the news with my husband.  Questions flew through our minds to which we could get no answers.  We knew there was only one thing to do and only One who could help us…so we went to the throne of God and asked Him to take control of the situation (He already had!) and to be present with Lauren (He already was!)  The next day we went to see the car, or what was left of it.  It was so evident that God had covered Lauren and her friend from the physical harm that could have occurred.  I have asked God to protect my family, especially when Mark or I are not present…meaning don’t let anything happen to them if I can’t be there to help.  God spoke to me, knowing that I’d ask Him “Why did this happen when I wasn’t there?”  He reminded me that, first and foremost, Lauren (and all of my family) is HIS.  Additionally, even if I had been home when the accident occurred, the fact is the accident still would have occurred and I wouldn’t have been with her WHEN it occurred ~ but HE was.  Whose hands would protect her better?  As I answered God, it was obvious, “Yours, Lord!”

God has allowed several things to occur in my life recently ~ my oldest daughter going 675 miles away to college, my husband working 1100 miles from home since January, and Lauren’s accident.  None of these have been easy for someone who loves to have her family close and under her watch.  However, God is teaching me that my loved ones are HIS and that I must hold onto them loosely while allowing HIM to hold them in His loving arms.  My question for you is, do you recognize that the safest place to release your loved ones is to our all-sufficient, omnipresent God?  Lamentations 3:22-24 “Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.  I say to myself, ‘The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him.’”

by Cindy Bates, Director of Connections Ministries