Thursday, August 27, 2009

Slam

This morning my world has been shaken a bit. I feel like it is God telling me, "Don't get too comfortable Lindsay." Just when I start to sink into a nice comfortable state of being, God sends a reminder or two or three that He is ultimately in control. That I need not take things He gives for granted or just assume that I will always have the gifts He gives. Sometimes those reminders are subtle little nods. Other times they slam into me so hard it's difficult to breathe. This morning I got slammed. Twice.


Ty has been waking up around 6:30 these days and it works out perfectly to get MacKenzie up for school and feed him while she gets breakfast and gets dressed. This morning he woke at 5:45. So I grabbed him from the cradle next to my bed and put him next to me. I knew if I laid him next to me he would go right back to sleep and give me those precious 45 minutes more of sleep. He went right back to sleep and when my alarm went off at 6:30 he was still sleeping. So I propped some things around him to ensure he didn't fall off the bed and went to wake up MacKenzie. When I left my room, something told me to leave the door propped open and not close it all the way. I got MacKenzie up and got her breakfast. As I was standing in the kitchen, I thought I heard a noise. A noise I couldn't quite distinguish. It was so soft that I wasn't even sure I was hearing it. So I stopped and listened more intently. I heard it again. What was it? I still couldn't tell what was making the noise or where it was coming from. Suddenly, like a ton of bricks, it hit me. It was Ty. Marty & I ran into our room and found him face down on the bed. His face was buried in the mattress. He was swaddled so he had no use of his arms or legs to flip himself over or lift his head. He was screaming but even standing right next to him, you could barely hear it. Marty swooped him up and he proceeded to scream while trying to catch his breath. My heart was pounding out of my chest. All I could think was, "What if I hadn't heard that quiet, muffled noise?" If I had just closed my door all the way and not left it propped open, there is no way I would have heard him. I shudder to think of what would have happened. Slam.

At 8:30 this morning Marty calls me and says my little sister was in a wreck this morning. Like anyone else who receives a call like this, my immediate reaction was "Is she ok? Is she ok?" He tells me she is ok and gives me the details. She was driving down Kirby (a pretty busy street in Houston) when a giant oak tree came crashing down on top of her car. It hit the front hood of her car. Her windshield was completely blown out and it basically cut her car in half at the site of impact. She was able to walk away from the wreck and is sleeping at home now. What if she had been 6 inches further along the road than she was? I shudder to think. Slam.

Thank you God for the many, many blessings in my life. Thank you that you are in control. Please help me to never take anything you give for granted. And thank you for teaching me over & over that life is fragile. I promise to try and live it abundantly and according to your will.

7 comments:

Unmistakably BLESSED said...

Lindsay. Sweet Lindsay. Praying for you. Slams are terrible. And wonderful reminders of how precious it all is . . . You're a wonderful momma. Praising Him for mercy & grace.

Kelly said...

Oh....I am trying to catch my breath just readin your post!! Thanks for sharing your Slam....it is a reminder for all of us how precious life it and to not take a second for granted!

Lacey said...

Wow Linds. Wow. Things like that happen. Sorry there were so many close calls this morning. Glad everyone is okay. Is this your sister that I met at gymnastics?? So scary about the tree! As for Ty, you are a great momma. don't beat yourself up over it. Those things happen. Remember Hadley's foot?? We are human and our worst critics. But God is good. Hope the rest of your day was uneventful!!

andrea said...

wow! So scary to think of what could have happened but praise God for His protection and for those "gut feelings" He gives to us!!

Tanni said...

Praise God! Thanks for sharing your humbling story. And I am glad everyone is ok.

Meredith said...

Thank God your family is safe and healthy!! What a humbling day, indeed.

Tiffany said...

I have goose bumps! I'm so happy to hear that your sister and Ty are fine though. I do the same thing with Pierce and Jack every morning as I start Logan and Lexi's breakfast, sounds like we have the same routine! To the swing they go from here on out! Miss you guys!