Saturday, August 4, 2007

Guardian Angels

While I was at my mom's house this week, my sister called. She wanted to tell us that her brother-in-law (her husband's brother) was in a car accident with his friend (who we also know). My first reaction was fear for these boys.

Jordan (a friend of Rachel's brother-in-law) was driving outside of their small town. He was going about 90MPH and then took a sharp curve way too fast. The car went off the road and through a utility pole. Rachel said they had lost power in town, but she didn't find out until a while later that this was why.

I don't know many more details, but the car is a crunched up mess. Rachel said it's just a ball of metal now.

The amazing part is that the boys are both fine. They both walked away. Jordan was not wearing a seat belt, and he didn't suffer any injuries. David was wearing a seat belt, and he had minor injuries. He had several stitches on his face from lacerations and his one ear was swollen shut. He has bruises and small scratches all over his body. But he is fine.

From Rachel's account it's a miracle that they both came out of it fine. She said if you could see the car, you would question why either of them are still alive. I believe that angels were protecting them.

After relaying this information to my mother that they were both OK, she made a good point. She said "What would Jordan's mother do if something happened to him?" While he's only 19 years old, he is invaluable in extreme ways to his family. You see, Jordan's father has severe MS (multiple sclerosis). He was first diagnosed when Jordan was only 5. Jordan is expected to help care for his father. He's the only one in the house who can lift him and take him to the bathroom or the kitchen table or the couch in the living room. He does so many things daily to care for his dad. He is even going to a local college, so he can continue living at home. Moving out is not an option for this kid. He has grown up fast, and he realizes that he plays an important role in the family. I hope that this accident helps him to be a little more cautious from now on.

Not that David isn't invaluable to his family too. He really is. To be honest his mother would probably have a break-down if something horrible ever happened to him. Dave and Jared (my sister's husband) lost their middle brother about 6 years ago. I can't imagine their family going through another loss. They still have not dealt with the last one. In their house it isn't often spoken of, and I think there is a world of hurt still remaining.

Moments like these show us how precious life really is. I am so thankful that these two young men are safe and sound today. God was protecting them for sure.

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