School was almost out for the summer. Just those last few days remained and eleven-year-old boys wanted to play in the yard when they got home from school.
The day had begun just like any other day. The bus picked Zach up for school, he spent the day there, and the bus delivered him back in front of his house that afternoon. He started for his house, but as is often the case, some friends were playing across the road from his house, so he did a u-turn and started running across the road, as he had done many times before. A car topped the hill and Zach was in the road.
Many lives were changed in that instant of time. Zach was hit and sustained critical injuries. As I’m writing this he is in Kosair Children’s Hospital fighting for his life – a life which will never be the same. The life of the young 18-year-old woman who was driving the car was changed forever. The lives of the family members of both of these young people were changed forever. Our church family was changed forever.
Hundreds (possibly thousands) of prayers have been sent before the throne of God on behalf of both of these young people. Our prayer has been for Zach to be healed and be able to return to his normal life. Our prayer for the young woman who was driving the car has been for her to realize that it was an accident. She was not doing anything wrong at that particular moment, and yet lives were changed.
Our loving and faithful God will answer our prayers in the best way, because He always knows what is best. Even when I can’t understand the answer I receive, God knows what is best, and I trust Him to always do what is best.
Life is precious. A split second can change a life forever. Trust God and continue to pray earnestly. I’m praying for Zach, and trusting God to handle whatever comes.
“What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will do this or that.” James 4:14-15