This morning I turned on my computer and thought, What will I see on the News today? Will the life of someone be forever changed due to an incident that’s happened overnight in a faraway place?
You may think I’m negative, thinking thoughts like those, but it’s not an unlikely event these days. We don’t have television or buy newspapers, so I rely on my computer for information about the outside world. But on the ABC News page, I can see enough bad things to upset me without additional drama on television.
On this day there was an item that did answer my question: an accident where the life of someone nearby was changed. Two people, actually.
Last night a mother and her 14-year-old daughter were leaving our church property after a parent-teacher interview on the school campus. As they drove onto the highway, a speeding car hit their vehicle and they were transported beyond this world. Their family was reduced to a grieving husband and son. Children who knew the child were left reeling and their teachers very upset.
I couldn’t think how to help them, so I prayed. I’m so glad I have that option; I’ve proved God answers our prayers. It was too late for the victims of this violent accident, but the mourners needed prayer support and I was able to give that.
The family were strangers to me, but others came to give them comfort and help. What a shock for them all. So sudden and unexpected. Only a couple of weeks ago a teacher from the school was making the same manoeuvre at the same place on the road and a truck crashed into her car. She and her children were injured and transported to hospital. It’s the fifth accident there. The crashing sounds can be heard from the church offices and staff run out to the highway to help. First Aid, prayer and a call for an ambulance are quickly offered.
This time it was fatal, so perhaps something will be done about the danger…we hope. A reduction in the speed limit, school signs and other precautions may be implemented, but it’s too late for some people; their lives have changed. The authorities always wait until someone dies before they do anything.
I’m grateful for one thing: they were a Christian family. They came from another country and don’t speak English very well. How lonely they would feel if they were here in our nation without any church family who will support them.
Now I’m praying for the driver of the speeding car. He’s in hospital with severe injuries. I wonder how he feels after driving at 180 kph along a highway. His life has also been changed. He could have died too. He needs God to heal his injuries and he needs comfort from God’s people as well. I’m also praying for his family, especially his parents. They will be devastated and I hope there is someone in their circle who can offer prayers for them. The power of prayer is wonderful.
What sadness, what loss, what grief lurks in the pages of the News. In comparison, the pages of the Bible are a great comfort at times like these – and at all times.
Let us give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the merciful Father, the God from whom all help comes! He helps us in all our troubles, so that we are able to help others who have all kinds of troubles, using the same help that we ourselves have received from God. ~ 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (Good News Bible)