I think God has a way of preparing us for really hard trials…
I know that He has promised that He will not give us more than we can handle. Sometimes, I think He helps us handle difficult things through spiritual promptings that prepare us.
I have learned that if we are listening,
those promptings can become tender mercies later on down the road.
Scott and his dad had been at a Mercedes driving class in California for most of the week. The class finished Saturday night. Scott had planned to fly to Omaha, drop off his dad, spend the night, and then fly home early Sunday morning. Saturday evening was a warm November evening. Finding my children all at home, I asked them what they wanted to do. Unanimously, voted to walk our favorite trail together and get ice cream.
As we walked I watched my children as if from a distant place…
I remember feeling so peaceful and happy. They were skipping and goofing off, and I thought how lucky I was to have 3 teenage boys and a preteen daughter who were content and happy to spend their Saturday night with their mother and siblings. The thought came clearly in my mind,
“If something happened to Scott, you would be okay. You could be happy. This would be enough.”
It was only a short while later that the plane crashed,
but I didn’t find out about the accident until the next morning.
When my mother-in-law called to tell me that they had not landed in Omaha, immediately I remembered the prompting that had come into my mind the night before. I knew that the Lord prepared me for that moment.
I knew they were both gone.
For a brief instant, I was faced with a choice…
There was a dark easy way. I could see myself crumbling and falling apart. I saw family stepping in to take care of my responsibilities, I knew I could just quit and shut down. But then I could see the destruction that would happen to my children, and I knew that there would be no escape from that path.
Then I turned my thoughts to the light, and just that quickly the choice was made.
I began thinking of how I would tell my children, how I would gather them around me and tell them that their dad, their hero, would not be coming home. I knew what I needed to do, and so, when my oldest son found the article on the internet that confirmed my fears, we immediately knelt together in each others arms and prayed.
I didn’t pray…
for them to be safe, for it to be a mistake, for some kind of miracle to save them.
that we could have peace, understanding, and acceptance.
that we would have direction, that Scott will still be allowed to influence us, that we would be able to feel his presence.
for the ability to cope and to get through this difficult trial until we could be reunited as a family again.
It was a day filled with shock and disbelief, but it was also a day filled with peace.
Peace that was possible because I had been prepared to turn immediately to the Lord.
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. -John 14:27
Questions to Ponder and Journal:
- How has the spirit spoken peace to your heart?
- In what ways have you been prepared to face future trials?
- How can these experiences help you come to acceptance?
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