Monday, December 15, 2008

Thank You Lord

Last Wednesday, we were all getting ready to go to Awana. It was a big night for Ashleigh and Bethany. The T&T club was going to a nursing home. We had never done a trip like that with the clubbers before. Bethany, and her two friends, Rachael and Kelly, headed out to get there early as the T&Ters were leaving early. I got my things together and the rest of us prepared to leave. As I was heading out the door to begin loading up my Jeep, I got a call from Bethany. She had been in an accident. They were all okay, although she thought both cars were totaled, but the other man was trapped in his car. That's all I knew. I told her I would be right there and Alan and I decided that we would head over to the accident to be with the girls and Cheney would drive himself, his brother and a friend to church. As we were leaving, I handed Cheney my story for Sparks and explained really quickly what he would need to do to run my club.

We headed out and soon came upon the accident scene. There were firetrucks, ambulances, and police cars. Bethany's car was facing the opposite direction and parked on the other side of the road from the car that hit her. After being directed across the street by a fireman (and being told repeatedly by my husband that I needed to "calm down") we found that the girls were all sitting inside one of the ambulances. The older man was still stuck in his car. Much to my pleasant surprise, the ambulance door opened and I saw our friend who happens to be a state trooper sitting with the girls taking their statements. What an extra blessing for some girls who were pretty shaken up to see a friendly face.

We decided that we would take the girls to the hospital to make sure they were okay. Bethany was holding her arm funny and we thought it could be broken. The other girls were stiff and sore and Rachael might have hit her head. The emergency room was a mixture of concern, relief, more relief and a fuller realization of what the girls had been through.

The girls had been stopped in traffic waiting to go through a circle (it's this weird thing that they have in NJ). Without any warning to them, a car slammed into the back of them. We don't have the police report, yet, but the girls do not feel like the man was braking and we know the speed limit there is 50 mph. Somehow Bethany's car did not hit a car in front of her, but flew into the other lane of traffic and at one point was nearly on its side. Bethany tried to control the car with all her might and was able to make some quick decisions as far as hitting a telephone pole v. running over a mailbox and stop sign. There was one point where they were sure their lives were over. They were once again in the other lane of traffic and a car was coming right for Bethany's side of the car. Somehow the car managed to stop before hitting them.

All in all, we had some really sore girls (no broken arm) that we had to send back to PBU to complete their week of finals. However, I will take that any day over what could have happened. God was so gracious to us and kept our girls with us. God blessed me to be able to get the call from Bethany herself so I would know she was okay. He had our state trooper friend on duty and on the scene. God kept other people from being hit and gave Bethany the presence of mind to think things through in a very stressful situation.

It was also a blessing to see all of my kids jump in to help each other out. Cheney taught my story, ran game time at Awana for my club and did it beautifully. Ashleigh and Kevin came home with Cheney and Davin which let Cheney not be in charge anymore and be able to relax a bit. Two other friends of Bethany's waited until we got home from the hospital and took her back to school. We were able to finish the night by praying together and thanking God for the incredible mercy He showed to us on that night.

Thank you, Father. We never know what a day will bring. Thank you for your protection that you granted to all who were on the road that night.

15 comments:

Christine said...

Praise the Lord that they are okay. How scary, for any parent.

Rachel said...

What a scary thing to have happen. Thank God they're all okay!

Sherri said...

I'm thanking God they're all OK! I'm glad He has his hands in the smallest of details.

Mommy to those Special Ks said...

Praise God they are all ok!!! How scary!!

joeks said...

It's so good that, like you say in your header, "God has ALL under control."

Miss Melanie said...
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Miss Melanie said...

I'm so glad the girls are ok.

Kelli said...

what a great ending to what could have been horrible. Better is your sweet testimoney of our heavenly father and his love for you and your family, watching out for everyone, and making the best of a bad accident. Its moments like that that the world doesnt seem so horrible, to know others love God, trust God and are grateful. Thanks for sharing. I am grateful everyone was ok.

Carla said...

Oh Heather, I'm so glad they were okay. Thank God.

Martha said...

I am very late in reading this post and leaving a comment. (Good thing I saw it on Alan's Facebook that night or I would feel like a real heel.)

So many times we look back and see God's mercy. We have that with David's accident too. I'm so glad they are okay and that Cheney had all those years of AWANA to help him out with the story.

Kim said...

Okay, now the comment section seems back to normal. All is well again!

Sister Angie said...

Praising God they are ok. I got goosebumps reading that. Take care, my friend.

Bethany said...

I am late reading too, but already knew about it from facebook. I'm so glad they are okay and I even saw Kelly on Sunday at BBCS. Hugs.

Tina said...

Praise God! I'm so glad they are ok. How scary!

Tina said...

Praise God! I'm so glad they are ok. How scary!