Tuesday, February 06, 2007

A testimony....

...of our Almighty God's protecting hand.

For more details of this morning's events, please visit our family blog.


Never, NEVER, take life for granted.

I just got back from our wrecked bus. We were able to go back to the bus and pull everything out...or everything we could get to! As I sorted through the broken plywood, lifted up the collasped bunks, avoided all the splintered glass and jagged metal edges -- while looking for the things we needed, gathering our clothes, and digging for shoes, I was once again in total shock that even one person had walked out of the bus... let alone fifteen!

God is so merciful. I don't even want to think about the "if's" that are all out there. I could be posting on my blog an urgent plea for prayer for any number of my family members. But we are all here, hugging, laughing, crying, in total awe of what God did.

God is good. All the time.


Joel said...

Wow. God is good. Glad you all are okay, and you'll have a new testimony to share when you get to South Carolina!

Coeur d'Court said...

All I can say is that God is amazing! This is quite a testimony of His faithfulness.

Megan said...

God was definitely watching out for you guys! Praise the LOrd that no one was hurt! He truly did put those pillows there for Charissa!! Like I said/typed your family blog, I wil be praying, praying, praying!!

BrittLeigh said...

Wow, what a testimony of God's love and protection!! I am so relieved that you all are okay, even if the poor bus is no more. I'm continuing to pray for you and your family. God is so good and faithful!


Anonymous said...

So glad you are all okay....Thank the Lord for His hand over you all, keeping you safe!!
You are in our prayers!!!

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you are OK. May LOVE always surround you.

Richard, Your Old Threshers Friend

abi said...

So true...never take life for granted. How easily we do! God is so merciful!! I am praying for you all.

"Oh the fountain of life is flowing still today, and it washes over me, yes it washes over me. Oh the fountain of life is flowing still today. I am COVERED by the blood shed for me!"

This was the song playing on the CD playing after I found out about the accident. It ministered to my heart!

Anonymous said...

Wow! I'm so glad you are all alright! We will be praying!
God is truely a "Mighty Fortress!"

Bob said...

Glad that you are all alright God is an awesome God and he takes care of each of us

Bob Payne

Your Friend IN Burlington Iowa

Anonymous said...

So glad you are alright....is Andrew doing okay, or does he feel like it was his fault?!? :( Praying for ya'll.

Anonymous said...

SOOO glad you all are okay!!! The Lord was definitely watching out for you all this morning!


journey said...

We praise the Lord here also for you all. I personally know what it feels like to go back to a vehicle where God's hand protected the loved ones that are so special to me. Looking that the pictures sent alot of those emotions back to me tonight and that is because you have become family to me as well as to many others I'm sure. All I can say is nothing is to big for our God. God's ways are so much higher than ours are and for that I'm so thankful. I'm praying for you all that satan will not be able to use this as a foothold in any of your minds but that God will continue to use you as He has in the past. I don't mean to ramble on but I do want to share this verse that I was meditation on this morning. Isaiah 46:4 "Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He, I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you." God is always faithful to His word. We love you and will continue to lift you before the Lord.

Kori said...

Praise the Lord ALL of you are okay!
"Never, NEVER, take life for granted"
That is so true! Thanks for the update Bethany! I'll be prayin'!

Miriam Rebekah said...

Thank the Lord that y'all are safe!
He was watching over you guys.

Rachel Marie said...

Praise the Lord!!!

Anonymous said...

We thank God for your safety. May great blessings follow. We love you. Uncle J and Aunt D

Janna Berge said...

What an amazing story! I've heard about such miracles happening, but never to anyone I knew. This really brings home to me the truth that God is all-powerful, and will never leave us or forsake us. We'll be praying for you!

Ryebread said...

What an amazing testimony of Gods hand in your lives...

"Fear not, I am with thee, O be not dismayed,
For I am thy God and will still give thee aid;
I’ll strengthen and help thee, and cause thee to stand
Upheld by My righteous, omnipotent hand."

God is SO good!!!

God's richest blessings upon you all!

Morgan said...

I am so glad that your family is okay! Praise God!

Anonymous said...

What a shock I recieved as I calmly scrolled down to see your latest posts, and then saw this awful picture!
We just prayed for your family!

Esther said...

I am praying for you and your family, Bethany. I hope that souls would be saved reading any article in the newspaper reporting your accident. Best wishes for the rest of your trip, and lots of prayer.
May you all be blest richly.
Praising God for protecting you so well,

Terry said...

Oh Bethany!..I just came from Morgan Denise's blog and wow are you ever right about how faithful the Lord was in sparing your lives..
THIS is so incredible!!.....from Terry