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Setting my cell phone timer for five minutes, and … GO.

My kids’ best friends were in a car accident last night. Right in front of our house. We live in a church parsonage, and they were turning into the parking lot for prayer meeting. Four siblings in one car. They got broadsided, then the driver who hit them slammed head-on into an electrical pole.

Praise God, no one was hurt. It was nothing short of a miracle.

The car that hit the pole was an ’83 El Camino. If it hadn’t been made of steel, the three occupants never would’ve walked away.

My daughter’s 11-year-old friend, who had been in the car that got hit, came into our house, shaking, while one brother called their parents and the other one lay on the ground having a full-on panic attack. People congregated and swarmed. Fire trucks, ambulances, and police cars pulled up, lights flashing.

And nobody was hurt.

Needless to say, all three of my kids were shaken to the core. They came face-to-face with the brevity of life. How things can change so drastically in just a split second.

My nine-year-old spoke his fears out loud: “If they had died, I would’ve lost my closest friends. I feel so bad for their parents. What if all their kids died in one car?”

The question filled all of our minds: What if we had lost them?

And yet God intervened.

Six times in the gospels, Jesus says, “For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.”

Friends, we never know when our time will be up. It might come on an ordinary Wednesday night when you’re turning into the church parking lot on your way to prayer meeting.

Are you ready?

For those who bow the knee to Christ as Lord, Jesus says, “And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day” (John 6:39).


jim elliot


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