Well, we are back in the states…a week earlier than expected. The last few days have been pretty overwhelming, but also an amazing time of thankfulness. On Monday night, Gavin’s little brother, Luke was in a terrible car accident. We got the call on Tuesday morning SA time, and a whirlwind of flight changes and packing began.
Delta was once again completely amazing. Within 10 minutes of receiving the call, they had us on a flight that left a few hours later. We didn’t have time to say our goodbyes…we just ran home, threw everything in a suitcase and headed to the airport. Needless to say, the flight felt endless. We had no idea what we were coming home to- we just knew that the wreck was really bad, he was in intensive care, and he was getting surgery in the morning. Talk about a situation where you can do ABSOLUTELY nothing but trust God. That was a hard thing to do…but we have a BIG and CAPABLE God.
Straight from the airport, we headed to the hospital…seeing Luke was such a relief. It was hard- the pain was so raw, he is really beat up, he has a LONG road ahead of him- but he is alive, and healing.
Because Luke was driving Gavin’s car (we let him borrow it for the summer) we had to go up to a wrecking place near the crash site and release the car to the insurance company. I was NOT prepared for what we saw…but I am SO thankful that we saw it. I can not think of a time where I have been more flooded with thankfulness. The car was completely unrecognizable- a mangled piece of steel and plastic…the engine was in the front seat…all I could do was fall to my knees and thank God for His protection. Luke is hurt…but a miracle happened that night…he is alive, he is healing, and he has the potential to impact so many people. He is an incredible guy, and I know that he will use this big pile of lemons to make the best darn lemonade you’ve ever had.
Today, we are praising Jesus. Luke is out of intensive care, his surgery was successful…he is starting the process of rehab, and he is starting to heal. The scars that he will have will be a constant reminder of God’s protection that night- a visible mark to remind us to be thankful…to remind us that we are here for God’s glory, and that we are called to live EACH day for Him.0
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