Sometimes in life there are those scary moments! It can be a car wreck, an illness, financial setback, death of a loved one or many other challenging moments. This last week, we had one of those moments. Our granddaughter is a pitcher for her high school softball team. She was pitching in a playoff game when this happened to her (warning – scary!).
Your heart stops in those moments and in the stillness of the crowd, you pray. A softball game suddenly seems much less important. You hear her crying out and you see people running to her. How bad is it? Lord, please protect her! Sometimes it just seems like God decides some people can handle more, or that all of the experiences he is going to allow will prepare them for even greater things. We can’t usually know this side of heaven. But Reese is one of those kids – at the ripe age of 16 – that has experienced more difficulties than many of us do over a lifetime! At the age of 3 she successfully battled cancer (including the loss of a kidney), had a very close friend get kicked in the head by a horse and die, and now this experience. (Yes – there have been other challenges!). Come on Lord! Can you please pick on someone else? She loves you and is a sweet girl that wants to do good things! Reese continues to be an overcomer and I am convinced God is preparing her for some great things! Fortunately, her jaw was not broken, and she is continuing to mend.
For me, in those moments it comes to claiming scripture.
- That I can trust Him. Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.”
- He helps us conquer our fears with His presence. Isaiah 41:10. “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
- That as a believer, he is working for my (and Reese’s) good. Romans 8:28 “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.” That verse doesn’t mean that all things will be good – frequently they will not be good – but God can take them to work for good to his called children.
We won’t be able to avoid scary moments for ourselves (or Reese or our other grandchildren) going forward, but we know who we can trust even in those moments!