Kim’s Thoughts on Luke’s ATV Crash
Here are Kim’s thoughts and perspective on Luke’s ATV crash. As usual, she provides better details and a further biblical orientation. She was going to post this on her Facebook account, but after reading it I asked her to let me post it here (and there)…
Of course Rick’s thoughts reflect my heart as well. These are just some additional details and thoughts that took place from my perspective.
First of all, I was very uneasy about Luke driving the 4-wheeler as a beginner on this particular trail. But I know I can be overprotective sometimes, so I timidly went along with the plan and prayed that the Lord would protect us all. I can see now that God was already reminding me that He is the one who protects my children, not me! And a good friend with us told me, “This will be a character-building experience.” How right he was.
We were in a line of 6 ATVs going up the trail and Luke was #3. I was #5 and Rick was behind me. As we approached the ½ mile mark the leader stopped to let everyone catch up. That was when I heard the question that pierced my soul: “Where is Luke?” Apparently there had been enough space in front of him and behind him that no one had seen him leave the trail, no one except His Creator, that is. At that moment the more experienced riders, including Rick, headed back down the trail to search for him. I knew there was only one option because I had seen no other trails on which he could have taken a wrong turn. The questions in my mind were, “Where is he?” and “How badly is he hurt?” But the most menacing question was, “Is he alive?”
Several of my friends are going through trials in their life and questions which go unanswered for months and months. This was a tiny little test of about 10 minutes which seemed like an hour. John and Mark were there waiting with me. I knew they were taking their queues from me. (In talking to them later, I realized that they didn’t know how serious it could have been.) We prayed together and then I prayed silently. That was when God assured my heart and mind that whatever the outcome, this was all a part of His sovereign and good plan. I didn’t remember this until later, but that morning I had read and underlined in Isaiah 14, “The Lord of hosts has sworn saying, ‘Surely, just as I have intended so it has happened, and just as I have planned so it will stand.’”
Soon after God brought me to this place, one of our friends came back up the trail giving me the thumbs up signal. Then he told me Luke had crashed and needed his leg checked out. What joy flooded my soul at that point as I prayed, “Thank you, Lord!”
We found out later from Luke that when he reached the bottom he climbed back up to the trail (not an easy feat, especially in his condition). He said that right as he got back up he saw the back of Rick’s vehicle and started yelling, but was not heard over the engine. Then he realized his shoes had flown off at some point.
As Rick said, God’s goodness is manifested in our lives in ALL that He does, whether difficult or joyful. But there were several ways we saw His mercy in this event. Besides what I’ve already recounted, we could have been a lot further up the trail when this happened (and therefore, higher!!!). Also, he was wearing a helmet, which protected him as the vehicle rolled over him. Another mercy was that I didn’t see it happen. One other I want to mention is that as we went back the next day we were amazed at how many boulders Luke passed on his way down.
My greatest prayer at this time is that God would use this in Luke’s life to glorify Himself. That night I read in Romans 14:7-9, “For not one of us lives for himself, and not one dies for himself; for if we live, we live for the Lord, or if we die, we die for the Lord; therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and lived again, that He might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.” Please pray with us that Luke would live his spared life for the Lord, who died for this purpose.