The Lord your God is with you,
He is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.
February 24, 1995 began as any other day (thirteen years ago today). It was Friday and we made plans to go out for dinner with good friends that evening. Winter was nearing an end…and we were looking forward to a vacation in Hawaii soon. Life was good…there was so much to look forward to!
Our friends stopped by that evening, and we hopped into their car and headed towards town. We had a lot to talk about…and the last thing I recall of our conversation during that fateful ride were the words, “Look out , I don’t think he’s stopping!” I turned my head to the left and saw the headlights at the same moment as we were broadsided by a truck, which had failed to stop at the stop sign. The next few moments have replayed themselves in my mind in slow motion so many times over the years. After the initial impact our car became airborne, and a shower of thousands of tiny pieces of glass sailed through the air with us…illuminated by headlights and sparkling like a shower of stars. The car came to rest in a field and then all was deathly quiet.
Life changed for us at that moment! The following hours, days and weeks are something of a blur, but Elmer spent the next part of his life in the spinal cord unit of Vancouver General Hospital and came home in a body cast. It was a difficult time, but God was good! Today is an anniversary that I never forget...I remember to thank God for His goodness.
God hasn't promised skies that are always blue or a life without pain...but he has promised to give us strength for each day.