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Coincidence or God??

Coincidence or God??

Two and a half years ago Andrew was going on his first solo hike in preparation for the Appalachian Trail. When he arrived, he noticed two things – his cell phone was dead and the pay phone at the state park wasn’t working.

At 9:40 that night we received a call from the ER at Prairie Du Chein letting us know Andrew was there, he was now stable, but would need someone to come and drive him home. What????  Stable???   ER???

Here’s what happened. While Andrew was hiking in he got stung by a bee. At first he thought nothing of it. (He felt some satisfaction at having killed the bee) When he began to break out in hives, he knew something wasn’t right.  He knew he needed to get out.  He hiked out still carrying his 50 pound pack.  It took him over an hour.

At the start, he weighed his options of taking or leaving his pack behind.  He decided to take the pack due to the value of the contents and the possibility of needing what was inside.  At one point he figured there was only a chance that he would even make it out.

He made it to the car but had to drive into town to call since the park phone was broken. He arrives at the gas station, heads over to the pay phone, starts to dial our number when the phone begins to spin and go blurry. He heads up to the register to ask them to dial 911 and falls down. This created quite an excitement in that little gas station. (they were still talking about it when we went to get the car many hours later)

The ambulance arrives and they begin the process of stabilizing him.  Later the nurse at the hospital told us that Andrew was completely covered with hives and swollen. They pumped him with a lot of drugs. (He was still puffy when we arrived.) The nurse expressed over and over the unusualness of this case. The amount of time and exertion that his body went through was truly amazing that he didn’t just pass out way back on the trail. The fact that he drove himself to the gas station was also surprising.  (Even though he gets his determination from his father I do believe God was watching over him.)

One little bee sting changed the course of his life.  No Appalachian Trail now. Only later did he realize that the run in with that bee would keep him out of the military.  (The course for his life had just taken a drastic turn.)

He carries an epi pen when outdoors and the doctors tell him that pen will buy him 20 minutes to get to an ER. 20 minutes – What happened the first time (way more than 20 minutes, no epi pen and the physical exertion of jogging out???)

Coincidence or God?

Jump ahead – Andrew is riding his motorcycle to college. He wears long sleeves even on warm days for protection against bees.

The other day he gets to class and looks down. Ugh! There is something on his shirt. Wait, it is a dead bee with its stinger stuck in his shirt.  It got past the jacket and just ‘happened’ to hit him in the hollow where his pecks meet – not touching the skin.  Coincidence or God??

I believe that when we commit our lives to God, then our lives our indeed in His hands. He is in control. I trust God!! I leave my sons in His keeping. He is always with them.  I believe God is in those things that seem like coincidence.  

til next time



November 15, 2008 - Posted by | just thinking about stuff, spiritual reflections | , ,


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    Comment by scaryreasoner | November 16, 2008 | Reply

  2. Ouch – still glad you stopped by and read my post, thanks for commenting – I do like comments — I’ve chosen not to post it but I did read it.
    Modern science did not get him out of that trail and into his car and back to the gas station. I am assuming you are not a doctor and even the doctors and nurses recognized that it should not have happened – he should not have made it.
    Nowhere does it say that God promises to not let trouble come our way. (God could’ve stopped the bee if He wanted to, but then we would never have known it, would we?) The Bible does say that God will make a way for us. He is an ever present help in trouble.
    I believe that there are no coincidences in life. There is a purpose and a reason for everything that happens. I see only pieces of it. God sees the whole picture. Sometimes things happen for my benefit, sometimes for the benefit of others.
    Sometimes I suffer because of choices I have made, Sometimes due to choices others have made. Sometimes God calms the storm but always He calms me as I look to Him.
    We are both free to choose to believe whatever we want to believe. God does not force Himself on anyone. I choose God.

    Comment by Gloria | November 16, 2008 | Reply

  3. Not sure what was all said by scaryreasoner but by gloria’s comment I can guess and I think I would like to comment if I may. 🙂
    When Andrew got stung on the trail he had no modern day medicine. He had God. God made it so Andrew could walk 1 HOUR out of the woods, Drive to a gas station and get to a person who could help. Then and only then did he collapse. Adding that time up I would guess 1 1/2 hours.
    Modern medicine cannot explain 1 1/2 hours. Modern medicine says carry an epi pen with you and you get 20 minutes to get to the hospital. Period.
    You see God steps in where modern medicine can not. He promises to never leave us. In this too he did not leave andrew to die in the woods, he kept him and carried him out to safety.

    Comment by tjalexander | November 16, 2008 | Reply

  4. There is a saying that we make our own luck. That is true for the Christian as well. When we are living for God, making good choices, we become “lucky”.

    Comment by Pastor Curt | November 17, 2008 | Reply

  5. tj – thanks for the comment. It was pretty amazing to me and I am giving God all the glory. “God steps in where modern medicine can not.” I am thankful for doctors but I am more thankful for God who uses doctors but doesn’t need doctors.

    Curt – nice thoughts on “lucky”

    Comment by Gloria | November 17, 2008 | Reply

  6. […] I think back at the fact that he was pretty adamant  that college was not in his future (check out the event that changed the course of his life) it only makes me prouder of him.  He truly finished strong!! […]

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