How a Car Accident Revealed God
January 19, 2015
By Laura DiFatta
One afternoon last week, I was chatting with a couple of friends after we picked up our little ones from preschool. All of the little ones are buddies and its always hard to pull them away from one another. This day was no different. We were each in the process of saying our goodbyes and pulling our reluctant children apart to take to our respective vehicles, when I heard someone yell. I looked up to see one of the mom’s SUV’s rolling backward downhill and straight toward the other vehicle. It was a horrifying moment. Trent was standing right beside the parked vehicle and I knew there were unrestrained children in both cars. It happened so very quickly! As the vehicle collided with a loud crash, I heard a voice cry out this simple and urgent prayer: “God!” I glanced down to see who. It was Trent.
We frantically opened the doors to find each of the four children crying, but otherwise completely unharmed. Not one bump or scratch among the four of them! We grabbed them up, hugged on and comforted them and tried to figure out what happened. To this moment, the owner of the car that rolled cannot figure out how the gear got shifted or even if it did. We moms were aware of God’s protection in that moment and also aware of what could have happened if the timing of the vehicle rolling or trajectory of the vehicle had been even a little different. I suggested we pray and thank God for His protection and also ask Him to give us faith to see how He will work this together for good, believing the Truth of Romans 8:28. In the prayer, I thanked God based on Isaiah 40:11, that our Good Shepherd carries our little lambs close to His heart and gently leads those with young. That is a verse that has ministered to me deeply through the years.
Later that evening, I received a text from another mom who was not a part of what had happened. She texted me a picture that her mother had drawn for her and had given her that afternoon. She knew it would be special to me because it was based on a verse that I had shared with her months before, as we talked about parenting. It was an ink drawing of Jesus holding a little lamb close to his heart with a mother ewe pressed close to His side. She referenced Isaiah 40:11 in her text! The very same verse that I had prayed earlier that day just moments after the accident!
“He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.” Isaiah 40:11
I was amazed! Over and over again, God has used His Word to confirm His Presence, to guide me, to comfort me, to teach me, to lead me to repentance, to encourage me in obedience, to bring my perspective in line with His.
The following brief stories are two more examples of God using His Word to confirm His Presence:
On the first full day Trent was in UAB’s CICU after going into sudden and unexpected heart failure, a verse—Habakkuk 3:19—played as if on a loop in my mind, over and over and over. That evening, a friend brought a copy of Jesus Calling to me. The passage that day’s devotion referenced included Habakkuk 3:19! I was amazed! And the fact that the verse was from Habakkuk and not a more familiar book of the Bible, was even more amazing to me.
Several weeks later, early on the morning of September 1, 2010, at a time when I was an absolute basket case over Trent’s fragile health, I opened my Bible and my eyes fell on
“Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.”
As soon as I had finished reading that verse, my mom, who had come to help us, came up from the basement and excitedly said, “Look this up!” She grabbed my Bible and do you know what verse she went to? The same verse I had just read—Psalm 55:22! Within a few minutes, my friend Catherine called me weeping saying, God told me to tell you this message: “It’s ok. I will sustain you.” I have the date, 9/1/10 dated in my Bible as a reminder to me of God’s personal message to me of help and hope. He did what He said He would do.
The overarching theme of my heart that I learned through suffering remains this: that The Lord Himself—the great I Am—is my “very great reward.”
I am not special in comparison to any other human. However, I have–by God’s grace—chosen to seek the Lord God daily and grow in my faith and belief in Him in all my moments. That does not mean I don’t wrestle with grief and difficult circumstance and the unknown. I am flawed. But His love and His promises are perfect and true and bedrock solid. I know my standing and peace with God is sure and certain and unshakeable because of my faith in Jesus and His righteousness imparted to me.
I know His plan for each of us and for this world is good. Even though I don’t always understand it at the time. Just like my children have to trust that I know things they don’t know and I make decisions based on that greater knowledge and wisdom, I am called to trust God. I am God’s child. You are God’s child. It is His will to draw us to Himself and to show us the depths of His love and to bring rightly deserved glory to His Name.
Whatever stage of faith you may find yourself in today, I encourage you with all my heart to seek God. He will be found. He is near. If it is sin that is blocking your hearing his voice, ask Him for the sincere desire to repent and turn and depend on Him for help and to believe that He has a good plan for your life. If it is a dark time that you are walking through that makes it difficult to believe, ask Him to sustain you and bring you through with deeper faith. If you need someone to pray with you and for you, ask God for that person to be revealed to you so that you are encouraged that you do not fight alone. If you are disillusioned about matters of faith, ask God to give you a fresh perspective and laser-sharp focus on Jesus.
Precious one, you are not alone. Open His Word to you, the Bible. The book of John is a wonderful starting point. And I love the Psalms and the book of Isaiah and … well you get the picture. Take my word for it! Ask the Lord to reveal Himself to you through His Word.
He longs to. He will.
And you will have more amazing layers to the love story He is weaving in you, too.
“The Sovereign Lord is my strength; He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, He enables me to go on the heights.” Habakkuk 3:19
“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with Go through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.” Romans 5:1-2