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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Hope For The Day: A Call in the Night 

  •   Most people dread hearing the phone ring during the night. The worst call I ever received came during the night almost 15 years ago. By the time I got to the phone my heart was in my throat. My mother was calling out through the answering machine for me to pick up.
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  • Most people dread hearing the phone ring during the night. The worst call I ever received came during the night almost 15 years ago. By the time I got to the phone my heart was in my throat. My mother was calling out through the answering machine for me to pick up.
                I knew my sister Lori, her husband Jeff and their five-year-old twins Caleb and Abigail had left earlier that day to drive from Texas to New Mexico to go camping. But now my Mom was saying they had been hit head-on by a drunk driver and Jeff was dead. A couple truck drivers had pulled them out of the wreckage before it burst into flames.
                What do you do when tragedy strikes? I wish I could say that I immediately turned to God for comfort, but after the initial shock wore off I found myself angry at God. He could have prevented the accident or at least let Jeff live. But He didn’t.
                I was angry at the drunk driver, even though he was also killed in the crash. I was angry that my sister and her kids lay in distant hospitals with broken bodies. Caleb had been airlifted to a larger hospital and was in a body cast. I was angry that two families were now shattered and two women were left to raise their children alone.
                I am thankful that I don’t stay mad for too long. God’s love and comfort began to seep into my hurting heart until I let Him back in and forgave Him. Yes, there are times when we feel that God has wronged us and we need to forgive Him so we don’t become bitter towards Him.
                As painful a time as that was we finally had to acknowledge that God is sovereign even if we don’t understand His reasoning. “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-2). This must have been Jeff’s time to die.
                We wrestle with the question of why bad things happen to good people. Why did Jeff have to die at 30, in the prime of his life? He was such a loving husband and father; he loved God with all his heart and was involved in ministry. It just didn’t make sense. But in leading a life surrendered to the Lord we must come to grips with the fact that many things don’t make sense. But through it all we can still know His great love for us.
    Page 2 of 2 -             When tragedy strikes we can choose to become bitter towards God, turn our backs on Him and live a life of continual misery. Or we can choose to continue to trust God no matter what. He loves us with an everlasting love and he will pour out His comfort, healing, strength and peace in increasing measure if we will receive it.
    Hope Ministries is a Christian counseling center, and we are here to help. If you would like to speak confidentially with someone, give us a call at 845-482-5300.
     
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