Just when I felt like all was well among the Beck Household, tragedy came along to upset the applecart: A teenager involved in a car accident, a second car accident, a daughter considers divorce, an unplanned surgery and, finally, a third car accident. I’m suddenly surrounded by situations that have me turning to God in prayer.
I don’t journal my prayers; but if I did, my journal would probably include excerpts like this: “Thank you, God, for protecting my daughter and those involved in the accident. Thank You for car insurance to cover damages and a rental car to drive while repairs are being made. I pray this experience will help us be more cautious and mindful when we’re behind the wheel…”
And “Lord, I can’t believe we’ve had another car accident and walked away without injury – a blessing in the midst of crisis. I’m thankful the damages were minimal. Slow us down, Lord; two accidents in two months is two too many…”
And “God, my heart is heavy with concern for my daughter, grandchildren and son-in-law. Please, give this family of mine a full measure of Your comfort, and show me how to support each of them through this heartbreak…”
And “I wasn’t prepared for this surgery, but, Lord, I’m so thankful You are with me. You have provided for me in so many ways. You have given me a job with medical benefits and sick leave, friends and family who will pray for me and those who will help with meals and errands. Thank You, God, for Your many blessings and provisions…”
And “Oh, God, another car accident! I can’t believe it. I just got through surgery, and now I have more physical therapy and a badly damaged car. I need You to carry me through this…”
Wow! That’s a lot of journaling in such a short amount of time, but I’m so thankful we don’t have to “do life” alone and that God never fails us. We can turn to Him in every situation for strength, guidance, hope and peace. Whether we talk to Him with words on paper or thoughts from the heart, He is always there to restore our hearts and minds.
“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”
– 1 Peter 5:10 (NIV)
“Heavenly Father, You love and care for us so faithfully. When the challenges and crisis in life seem overwhelming, help me to trust those situations to You and not overlook Your many blessings. Right now, help me with the difficulties that I’m facing, including…”