So, our son calls his mom yesterday and begins the conversation with, "I'm o.k. but there's been an accident..." There's so much I could say about that opening line, but, long story short, he had been accidentally shot - the classic accidental discharge while someone was disassembling a weapon - and he was on his way to the hospital. After a couple of hours of scans, xrays and exams the doc tells us about God's miracle. I don't know that the doctor gave God any credit, but nonetheless he was telling us about the miracle that God had just done for our son. We will spare the details, but a .40 caliber bullet passed through his body and exited. Not through an arm or leg, but through his body. The injuries are bad enough as they are and he will be healing for a few weeks, but the bottom line is nothing major was damaged. The doc said one inch in any direction and we would have a very different story. Instead, no surgery required and exactly 23 hours after being admitted to the ER with a gunshot wound, our son is in his own home sleeping on his own bed tonight. Do you believe in miracles? Do you believe that we have a God who, in a fraction of a second, directs the path of a bullet? Do you believe that God is in control, even when bad stuff happens? I do.
This doesn't mean that God is only present with us when there is a "good outcome." He is God. Read the book of Job. God is God even when He allows a bullet or any other destructive force to interrupt our lives. It may take the form of a death, a divorce, a betrayal, a cancer diagnosis, a car accident, a tornado, a job loss, a hurtful word, an innocent mistake and the list goes on. The "good outcome" for the child of God is ultimately God's glory, not our comfort. Jesus said, "In this world you will have troubles, but take heart, I have overcome the world." Don't get me wrong. I'm all for good outcomes. I am absolutely grateful and humbled by the one we just got! But I am reminded of words I read earlier this week from Oswald Chambers:
"Living a full and overflowing life does not rest in bodily health, in circumstances, nor even in seeing God’s work succeed, but in the perfect understanding of God, and in the same fellowship and oneness with Him that Jesus Himself enjoyed."More than twenty years ago a godly evangelist from Louisiana held our infant son in his hands and prayed that God would be glorified through this boy's life. Before this past 24 hours, Kyle's life was already bringing glory to God, but this event just tells me that there is more to come - for Kyle, for me, for you.