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Title: Beauty from ashes
Notes: If you haven’t encountered pain in your life, than you haven’t been alive long. Life’s challenges come in with a blazing speed often with zero time to prepare or brace ourselves. When we are faced with the devastation that breaks the routine of busyness encircling our lives, we have a decision to make. Will this make us bitter or will this make us better? That was the case for Josh and Katie Redding just 3 weeks ago.
While coming home from a family camping trip, the Reddings were in a devastating car accident. While driving home on route 97, a tractor trailer sped by creating a strong draft that unsettled the RV they were pulling. This caused the RV to roll, which then pulled their SUV over with it.
How many times have you sat in a back up, cursing under your breath for the delays it caused you, completely unaware of the devastation a stranger was neck deep in? We’ve all been there/done that. What if we considered exchanging the curses for prayers to intervene on behalf of those whose accident has caused our minor delay to our business as usual.
Katie’s mom woke the morning of the accident to a feeling of dread deep in her soul. However, she knew no amount of worry changes the course of life. ‘Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.’ She would not allow worry to trap her. Instead this dread led her into prayer. No obligatory 30-second generic prayer. Her prayers flooded God’s heavenly throne for 3 hours that morning!
This prayer vigil, held without a definite understanding of why at the time, is what Josh and Katie attribute their lives to today. Their three young children walked away from the accident. Josh walked away fine as well. So amazing how her obedience to that call to prayer changed her family forever!
Katie was stuck in the car for an hour hanging partially upside down. She had to be cut out. By most people’s accounts she should have been wailing. Instead she was celebrating that although she knew she had sustained serious injuries, she was fully aware she could move her feet! This was cause for celebration!
Katie and the kids were taken to Baltimore Washington Medical Center immediately. Katie was then sent on to Shock Trauma. Thorough examinations revealed her kids were fine. Josh held out on being checked out until he knew things were fine with his precious wife and children. He was stepping into the gap for what he holds most dear in this life—his family.
This would start the journey that would lead to the realization that Katie’s upper back was broken and parts of her neck. Many would have given in to despair at this point. Josh and Katie began recounting God’s blessing to have them at one of the finest medical facilities in the world. Josh fell to his knees and with tears said, ‘thank You Jesus that my wife is alive, she can move and my children are alive and physically fine.’
"Father, we trust that You will use this accident to grow in us a beauty that we otherwise could not know. Our fellowship with You is sweeter, it's broken and it's humbled in a way that daily busyness as usual doesn't allow. So, we trust You to bring the beauty from these ashes in a way that points us to know You more and more. You are in control. You are good. You are our God. You hold the words of life, where else can we go?"