Crash! Crunch! Shatter!

Written by on February 21, 2013

Rav4 smallCrash!  Crunch! Shatter!

Our Toyota Rav4, on an off-ramp of I-205, was struck from behind by another car one night last week.  My whole body was jolted into pain. A shower of broken glass from the rear window as it was crushed. A second impact—we were pushed into the car ahead of us.  In what felt like an explosive blast, as my body was thrust forward, my face struck the steering wheel and began to swell. Tim, in the passenger seat beside me, felt his glasses fly off.

I screamed and took in short gulps of cold February air. I called 911 and, shaking uncontrollably, handed the cell phone to Tim. I could barely turn my neck to see emergency crews as they arrived. I shut my eyes against the pain of glaring lights of police cars, a fire truck, and an ambulance.  Paramedics pulled me from the driver’s seat onto a medical board. Excruciating pain shot through my body as they put a cervical collar round my neck, uncurled me and strapped me onto the board on my back. Then they hoisted me into the back of the ambulance.

“Jesus,” I asked in my heart, “where are You?” Keeping my eyes closed on the ride to Oregon Health and Science University Hospital, in my mind’s eye I looked for Jesus beside me. I couldn’t make Him out.

“Jesus, what are You saying?” I listened. I heard the paramedic as he comforted me, tucking a blanket round my shivering, shaking torso. But Jesus? I couldn’t hear Him at all.

“God, where are you?”  The paramedic placed an ice pack across the quickly-darkening area between my eyes. I was ready for an answer.

But pain and trembling in my arms, legs, stomach, neck, and back shouted Crisis! Overwhelm! It hurts to breathe! I was unable to sense Him.

1.)    In a crisis, what is happening when we can’t see, hear, or sense God? Is He revealing Himself to us?

2.)    What response can we expect from Him in a crisis?

3.)    What response can He expect from us?

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  1. Lynn   On   February 21, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    Oh, Lynn, another car accident. I don’t have any answers for you but am thankful emergency crews were dispatched to take you to the hospital where they could minister to you. Also, thankfully, there were emergency technicians who comforted and cared for you. Sometimes, God sends others to care for us in the midst of our trial. May you sense more of His voice speaking to you in these coming days. Prayerfully for you…

    • Lynn Hare   On   March 5, 2013 at 2:41 pm

      Lynn, sweet! Yes, God took care of me, and continues to take care of me through the many people who are drawing alongside. Where would we be without our Jesus? And those dedicated to seeing us through tough times like this?

  2. Lisa Jennings   On   February 22, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Lynn, I’m so sorry ! That must have been so painful. Thank you for sharing your journey and your heart cries to God . May He answer you in deep and profound ways, comforting, healing ,and restoring.. You are loved .

    • Lynn Hare   On   March 5, 2013 at 2:39 pm

      Lisa, thank you very much. I am trusting Him for the comfort, healing, and restoration you’re praying for. I treasure you!

  3. Nancey West   On   February 22, 2013 at 9:17 am

    God says He will never leave or forsake you. He was there in the form of caring paramedics and emergency responders. This may have been one of those times when there was only one set of footprints in the sand. He was carrying you. Instead of feeling Him beside you, you may have to trust that He is there. Because He said He would be.
    I am glad that you were not injured worse than you were. Hope and pray you are recovering.

    • Lynn Hare   On   March 5, 2013 at 2:40 pm

      Nancey, you’re right about God’s presence in the people that night. I like your response so much, I’ll dedicate a future blog post to it.

  4. Julie Jackson   On   February 22, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Lynn, I’m praying for you, I love you MY JESUS Friend!!! It was so scarey that same morning to be hit from behind @ 8 o’clock by a DUII who then fled the scene. He was arrested later. I don’t call my incident an accident because he was driving recklessly. I’m thankful the Lord has kept my heart from being bitter. it is has awful experience to be hit from behind so hard and then pushed into another car and then that car was pushed into another car. I experienced this in 1999 at a faster speed than last week. Thank you God for being with us when we don’t feel you.

    • Lynn Hare   On   March 5, 2013 at 2:38 pm

      Julie, I’m sorry to hear you were in a similar car accident. I pray God’s healing touch on you today.

  5. Bonnie   On   February 22, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Lynn what a scary, painful, and helpless experiance. It shakes you up with just a little fender bender let alone a big one like yours. Thank you, Lord, that You are still here. There must be more work for you and Tim to do here on earth.
    I pray, Lynn, you are healing quickly from your pain and that you find strength and the Love God has for you from the people who know and love ya!
    God Bless you and your family,

    • Lynn Hare   On   March 5, 2013 at 2:37 pm

      Bonnie, thank you for your prayers and kind words. Yeah, we’ve got plenty of Kingdom work to do here on the earth. We lift up His name!

  6. Bethany Talbert   On   February 25, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Thank you, Lynn for sharing. I am so glad you are on the mend, and so sorry you had to go through all that. I’ve been in 3 car accidents and all were traumatizing. Just glad you are okay.

    To answer your questions, what best helps me is to think of times of crisis in the Bible. What did these times say about God? Where was He in them? How did He answer the people’s call?

    I think of Jesus dying on the cross. From all appearances, God had gone silent. This amazing man/prophet/Son of God was being killed.

    It looked hopeless/empty, but God was there in the most powerful way. What was His response? What was He doing for the people?

    He was saving them. Amazing.

    • Lynn Hare   On   March 5, 2013 at 2:35 pm

      Bethany, wow! Considering Christ on the cross – when the enemy was sure he had Him beat – is so AWESOME when we consider the central meaning of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Nice touch, Father God. What the enemy meant for harm was the ULTIMATE picture of good.

  7. Maryann Recchiuti   On   February 25, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Wow, that’s a lot of questions. It will take a lot of time to answer all of them or even one of them. He’s decided to let you put the puzzle together. You like puzzles, right? Clear off the table and start your puzzle a piece at a time. It’s going to take a long time, I bet. Or who knows – you may find out the answers sooner than you think.

    I send my love and prayers.

    • Lynn Hare   On   March 5, 2013 at 2:30 pm

      Mom, I love the metaphor of a jigsaw puzzle. One piece at a time. Frame and reframe the picture as it goes along. Today I don’t have the front of the box to see the whole image we’re shooting for. But I can put in one piece today.

  8. Sheila   On   February 25, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Dear Lynn,
    So sorry for your accident my friend. I will be praying for your healing and comfort. I have found that pain (in my own life) forces me to slow down in order to really listen and feel God’s presence. I hope this will be a time of closeness for you too.

    • Lynn Hare   On   March 5, 2013 at 2:29 pm

      Sheila, yes, I agree. This whole experience has definitely been a time to slow down. I confess to you that I was at a crazy, driven pace before the accident. God is showing me how to be close to Him while I’m in pain.

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