Four weeks ago my daughter and I were in a car accident. We were rear ended and I was transported from the site to the hospital by ambulance. Thankfully, neither of us had any internal bleeding or fractures. We have had long weeks of pain and physical therapy. One month later, we are counting the mercies shown to us.
The accident was not a fatality. The car was not totaled, though it needs repair. Our family and friends have shown us so much love and support and poured out prayers on our behalf. We are able to get physical therapy through the insurance of our car because the young woman who was distracted by being on her cell phone did not have insurance. Our pain, while intense, we are assured should get better over time. We believe that God still has good works for us to do, or else there would have been a different outcome.
Last week we learned that a family we had known years ago at a previous church lost their 18 year old son in a fatal car crash. I know that they have mercies they are counting too because of their faith and belief in the sovereignty of God over every last detail of our lives. The outcome of that crash was very different for that family and their grief is great, yet the mercies of God have not failed them. That young man's purpose was fulfilled and his good deeds accomplished.
This summer our family and several of our friends have had many difficulties: deaths of grandparents and parents, illness, diseases diagnosed, surgeries, and a long list of assorted other challenges. Sometimes the way is weary, but the mercies never end. Reading Madeleine L'Engle's Walking on Water this quote explained what I had been pondering as I considered all these things. "But one does not have to understand to be obedient. Instead of understanding---that intellectual understanding of which we are so fond of--there is a feeling of rightness, of knowing, knowing things which we are not yet able to understand.....as long as we know what it's about, then we can have the courage to go wherever we are asked to go, even if we fear that the road may take us through danger and pain." And what it is about is God's plan, His will, His glory, His wisdom even when we don't understand and there is danger and pain in abundance. But always.....there is mercy...somehow, there is mercy.
"As for man, his days are like grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourishes, for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more. But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His righteousness to children's children, to such as keep His covenant, and to those who remember His commandments to do them." Psalm 103:15-18