thankful for seat belts :: being thankful

I’m thankful for my hubby today. I’m thankful for God’s protection. I’m thankful for seat belts!

Ben got in a car accident yesterday afternoon. Someone pulled out in front of him as he was traveling about 45 mph. Needless to say, the car is totaled. But my husband is in one piece. He’s in lots of pain, but one piece!

Something like this makes it pretty easy to put in perspective what we are thankful for. The stuff we have is great, but the people are even greater. I feel like I’ve been on an emotional roller coaster since the accident…praising God one moment for protection over Ben and the other driver and then the next moment in tears thinking about what could’ve happened. I have been trying hard not to go down that road of fear.

This morning I knew I needed some encouragement from God’s Word. But I wasn’t quite sure what to read. I looked up the word “protect” in the back of my Bible and I ended up in 1 Corinthians 13. Some of you may know this as the section of scripture that clearly defines love…love is patient, kind, doesn’t envy, doesn’t boast, is not proud, is not rude, is not self-seeking, is not easily angered, keeps no records of wrongs, doesn’t delight in evil, rejoices with the truth, always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres…love never fails.

I have read this a thousand times, but God reminded me today that HE IS LOVE. He is all of these things. And when I read it with that perspective, I can’t help but see how much my God fights for me. How much He loves me. And He does that for us all! He definitely did that for Ben yesterday on the road.

And when we got home from the hospital, Ben was telling the kids what happened and I love Davis’ first question, “Dad, did you get to fly in the air?”. Such a boy! Ben had to get the toy cars out to show him how it all went down because Davis was so intrigued. And that sweet five year old made a great card and sign for his dad…

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This is Daddy and Davis.

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And this is an IBC Root beer bottle with a big red X through it. When Ben got home, he wanted a root beer. After a few sips, he burped and almost fell over because the pain was so bad (the accident hurt his chest the most). So Davis made him a sign so he wouldn’t forget that he can’t have any root beer right now. Love it!

Is there someone you’re thinking of that you are thankful for? I know there is. I want you to do two things…

Thank God for this person.

Call the person and tell them why you are thankful for them.

That’s what this season is all about, right?! So do it.