When we heard about God’s protection for the toddler Eli during his accident in his driveway, I was reminded about Dale’s accident. Five years ago in May, Dale was run over head to toe with a 2-ton sprocket-toothed packer in a farmer’s field. Yes, you read correctly, 2 tons! And yes, head to toe! The fact that he lived through that experience is a miracle, plain and simple. And not only did he live through it, but he has no physical issues remaining from it. In our human understanding, we cannot fathom how that can be…such a thing can only be the work of God.
I was working in Waterloo when I got the call about the accident and faced a 1 hour drive to Wingham hospital. I was thankful for 3 things: first, I didn’t know what a sprocket-toothed packer was; second, Dale was conscious (another miracle) and I could hear him joking with his co-worker; third, I already knew the way to Wingham from travelling to Lake Huron for many years.
Was Dale in pain after the accident? Yes. Did he get healed overnight? No. Was it a challenging time for both of us? Yes. But as I reflect back, it is with a thankful heart, focused on the miracle of Dale’s life being spared.
How many times in this life do we ask “why”? Why are some people killed in accidents and others survive? Why do some people die of cancer and not others? Why do some people die young and others live long? We will not know the answers to these difficult questions during life on earth. We don’t understand how all the pieces of God’s plan fit together. However, we can trust in the fact that God is good and His ultimate plan is for us to spend eternity with Him.
Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely. (1 Corinthians 13:12 NLT)