As many of you know, I had a car accident a couple of weeks before Christmas. Of course, these things happen, and usually, consequences follow. Yet, in assessing the event and its aftermath, two consequences became readily apparent for me: one which was seemingly absurd, and one which seemed undoubtedly bad: (1) Beyond a small cut on my cheek, and being sore for a couple of days, I was not seriously injured, despite the car being damaged enough to be sold for scrap. (2) The towing bill and insurance allowed several hundred dollars to evaporate from my bank account, just before Christmas.
When we experience incidents like these, we may sometimes try to draw a specific meaning out of what has happened – perhaps even more so when absurdities appear (like my lack of bodily injury). However, the meanings we may derive may be rather subjective. Yet, these incidents and their consequences still provide us with an opportunity to draw ever closer to God in faith and trust. The absurd elements in similar events may very well be evidence of God’s hand: thus, for my safety in the accident, I thank God. Yet, what seemed like a financially harmful situation afforded me an opportunity to trust God to provide for me – and that is exactly what God has done for me over the past few weeks (and quite abundantly!).
How we respond to God in these events will show just how much we actually believe that he is involved in our lives. Indeed, we can learn from Job, who suffered greatly, but was still able to proclaim:
“The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.” – Job 1:21.