Our family has spent the last week in a cabin in the Rockies of Southwest Colorado. Lots of special memories created from some much needed family time. But none more special than this one. Luke, our 14-year-old, came close to death and God spared him with obvious supernatural providence.
We were taking ATVs up a mountain road when Luke hit a rut and lost control. He plunged off the side of the road and rolled down a 40 foot cliff/embankment. He doesn’t remember much about the fall except that the ATV rolled over him. The 4-wheeler came to rest when it was blocked by a fallen log. The log was wedged between two trees and below it were some boulders. The short of it is that the log created a “pocket” between the ATV and the boulders where Luke ended up. If the fall had happened two feet either way, he would have been crushed between the 800lb machine and rocks.
I share these details to praise and thank God for sparing our son. He walked away with only bumps and bruises. When we went back to wench out the ATV the next day, I was amazed that Luke is alive.
God displayed great mercy on Luke. A well-meaning friend said to me about the accident, “God has been good to the Holland family.” I certainly agree, but God would have been equally good if he had called Luke home to Heaven. I think the better attribute of God to praise is His mercy. He did not at this time give Luke the “wages of his sin” which is death (Rom 6:23). When God’s kindness withholds deserved judgment, it is a display of His mercy.
The night of the crash, we prayed and wept together in humble thanks to God for His mercy. Here is a video of the crash site that will forever remind us of God’s rich mercy. You can see the ATV (upside down) in the center of the screen at the 15 second mark.