This morning I sat here at my computer really thinking about what to blog this week. I felt stuck and honestly uninspired when I was stopped by a phone call from my husband. “Have you talked to Preston?”
“No, what’s wrong?” (You know a mom’s intuition)
“Brendan, Lauren and Harper have been in a wreck.”
“Are they okay?”
“I think so, just a little banged up.”
You know how slow motion sounds on television? Well, it seemed like the “I think so” response came in garbled, slow motion just like that.
“What do you mean ‘you think so’? Do you KNOW they are okay?”
They had been visiting our other son and daughter-in-love in Ft. Lauderdale and had a wonderful weekend of sunshine and fun. Today though, they had been on the road headed back toward Charleston about 20 minutes when Brendan had to stop suddenly in traffic. As he stopped, the SUV behind them plowed into their rear pushing them into the car in front of them. They were sandwiched in between. Brendan said that after he could shake the initial shock away his first thought, of course, was his wife and their 7 month old in the back seat. He smelled something like smoke and knew he had to get everyone out. For the most part they were okay… shaken but knowing and thankful that God had been with them.
As a family what do we take away from this?
Brendan and Lauren take away that they are all blessed to be okay, that God stopped the SUV before it reached little Harper. They are grateful to everyone that helped them be able to get back on the road toward home with only minor injuries and a small amount of anxiety.
Lauren’s mom has been praying for our children since first news of the accident (and if I know her like I think I do, she had already been in prayer for them just as her daily routine). She just wants to get her arms around her sweet daughter and family to comfort them in any way she can. A mom just wants to mother and make everything alright. It’s a God-given part of us.
As for me, well I just keep visualizing “God’s angel army” and though I would love to just see their faces and love on them I KNOW God has them in his care and has his protection around them. I sit here praying for travel mercies for the remainder of their 10 hour journey, but most of all I will continuously be on my knees in prayer for them just as I was the first day they arrived on this earth.
Thank you God for showing yourself in protection for our precious children today. This day was on your radar long before those faces were ever seen by us as parents. If events of the day had turned out differently, I pray we would have trusted you anyway. Thank you for every day in which you know our children and seek to draw them closer to you. May we never forget your mercies and may every mother reading this be wearing the skin raw on her knees in prayer for her precious ones. Please use them and us to honor you as we walk through life with the testimony of how much you love us always on our lips. Amen.
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