Written by Bill Welte: President/CEO of America’s Keswick: Bill has been married to his childhood sweetheart for 40+ years and has four married kids and 12 amazing grandkids. He loves music and is an avid reader.
Everything Can Change in a Moment – But God is Still Good
Posted on November 28, 2022 by Elizabeth Welte in Freedom Fighters
In my sixth decade of life, I have seen it play out like this hundreds and hundreds of times. Life can change so quickly.
Last Sunday, I looked out the kitchen window and saw a bunch of deer in our backyard, including a baby. My wife and daughter-in-law were standing at the kitchen window watching as I went out with a can of food. The baby came within a foot of where I was standing. I could have literally fed him from my hand.
I came back in the house and went to the sink to help clean up the dishes, and seconds later, my wife was face first on the floor with blood gushing from her head.
She had tripped on a cord and landed first on her knees, and then her head crashed into the handle of the bottom freezer door. I immediately grabbed a wet rag while my brave daughter-in-law laid her back to begin to try and stop the bleeding.
At church in the morning, we had seen a nurse who lives on campus with her husband, so I called her, and Henry and Jane were there within minutes.
The assessment was that this was a large gash to the head that was bleeding profusely, and we needed to get her to the ER as quickly as possible.
Seventeen stitches later, Jan was on her way home. While in the ER we began to think about all the “what-ifs!” What if she had done the same thing and blacked out, and we weren’t home for hours? Would she have bled to death? She could have broken her skull, her nose, her arms, or her knees. She is scheduled this Thursday to talk to an orthopedic doctor about having her hip replaced. She could have broken her hip!!!
Life can change in a moment. It sure made us grateful for God’s care for her through the process. No brain bleed, no concussion, no broken bones.
Naturally, we ask the question, “Why?” At the moment, there is no answer, and quite frankly, we may never know the reason why.
But we do know this – none of this caught God by surprise, and we can trust Him.
Robert Hayes’ favorite hymn was “Like a River Glorious.”
Like a river glorious is God’s perfect peace,
Over all victorious in its bright increase;
Perfect, yet it floweth fuller every day;
Perfect, yet it groweth deeper all the way.
Hidden in the hollow of His blessed hand,
Never foe can follow, never traitor stand;
Not a surge of worry, not a shade of care,
Not a blast of hurry touch the Spirit there.
Every joy or trial falleth from above,
Traced upon our dial by the Sun of love;
We may trust Him fully all for us to do;
They who trust Him wholly find Him wholly true.
Stayed upon Jehovah, hearts are fully blest;
Finding, as He promised, perfect peace and rest.
The prophet Isaiah wrote: “You will keep him in perfect peace the mind that is dependent on You.” (Isaiah 26:3)
I am thankful today that despite the “joys or trials,” – we can trust Him completely!
“Undivided” By Christ, in Christ, for Christ
Bill Welte, President/CEO
Email Bill at email@example.com
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” Psalm 133:1