This song has been on repeat tonight.
After two weeks of a slower pace due to snow and sickness, real life smacked me in the face this morning and continued to do so all day long.
School started on time for me and my gang.
But, soon after lunch, it was fast and furious, scurrying to meet pre-planned obligations all while trying to manage details of upcoming calendar items by way of phone calls and lesson planning.
By 3 this afternoon, I was running behind.
Hurry and trying to do two or more things at a time leaves the door wide open for disaster or at very least, mishap.
Well, that mishap came today, a mishap that very well could have ended in disaster.
After my chiropractor appointment, I made my way down to Hopkins in Baltimore to drop some things off to a friend who has been staying with her son, recovering from his third kidney transplant, for more than a month now. Timing worked such that I made plans to meet my hubby in the city for dinner, kids in tow, so nothing more extravagant than Panera to which we had a gift card. Awesome!
While attempting a merge from one highway to another, I smashed into the car in front of me who suddenly braked at an oncoming car neither one of us saw soon enough. She braked suddenly; I braked suddenly. We screeched to a halt, but not before I hit the tail end of her BMW. **Why must I always hit expensive cars? Yet another reason to live and STAY in the country where everyone drives beat up pick up trucks. :)**
Kids started crying. One of them asked if he was dead. All of them told my husband later that they thought they were on their way to Heaven. Dramatic much?
Though both our vehicles appeared to handle the impact better than my children, no obvious dents, my neck is hurting tonight and temptation is near to be fearful and worried that the other woman will be hurt as well, whiplash or something else, that she'll find some dings or scratches (least of my worries), put a claim in with our insurance, and our insurance will have to drop us as this is the 2nd fender bender (or whole door cruncher-inner) accident claim within a matter of months for me.
But then there is also the news of a previous pastor of mine and friends' father/grandfather's recent death that is weighing on my heart tonight. JJ Altrogge was 95 and lived a long, story-filled life. He loved to tell stories, and he did with detail and flare. He loved to paint and he did with skill and delight. He loved to bless, and he did with hand painted birthday cards and smiles. I was blessed by this man, by the way he loved The Lord, loved God's people, loved his wife and used his talents to bless so many people. 95 years! A long life, but still cut too short. Death is never natural, no matter how old one is.
So, I listen to the lyrics over and over again tonight,
The sun beams on behind the clouds
And in the dark still grace abounds
All is well because of God’s great love
The road of disappointment runs
Where unseen mercies wait for us
And all is well because of God’s great love
He feels our weakness, knows our need
And for our good He intercedes
All is well because of God’s great love
Through every failure, every fear The Lord of comfort draws us near And all is well because of God’s great love
All is well with me, not because I made it home tonight without a scratch and not because there is a possibility we may not be dropped by our insurance, but because of God's great love.
All is well with Mark, JJ's son, not because his heart isn't breaking at the loss of his dad and friend, not because JJ lived a long life and death was a mercy at the end due to the pain and discomfort he was experiencing, but because of God's great love.
God's great love.
Here's the thing about it.
He reserves this great love for His children.
And, while all mankind are God's creation, they are not all His children. For much of His creation, all is NOT well.
It may seem well, though.
You may have riches, security, the love and acceptance of another or many. You may have family, health and never really known great loss. You may have the accolades of co-workers and friends alike. But, still all may not be well.
If you do not know Jesus as your Savior, then you do not know God as your Father, and all is NOT well. But, it can be.
John 1:12 says, Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—
Believe in Jesus. Believe that He died on the cross for all the wrong things you have thought, felt or done. He died because He was the only one who could, because He was perfect. He did, felt and thought only things that pleased God, His Father. He lovingly and sacrificially took the punishment that we deserved and instead offers us life here on earth and one day, forever in Heaven with Him. Confess your wrongdoing. Turn away from it and turn instead to Jesus.
He wants all to be well with us.
It may seem a trite plea, maybe one you have read or heard before. Most of those who read this blog, I think, are already children of God; all is well with them no matter their circumstances.
But, because there may stand a chance that someone may read this who is not yet a child of God, I do make this plea with you.
I was not guaranteed today. I am not guaranteed tomorrow. Neither are you. Is it well with you?
His coming soon will fill the sky
And all that’s wrong will be made right
With newborn eyes we will behold
The glory of the risen Lord
All will be well because of God’s great love