Seven-year-old Trevor speeded up to get to the classroom after recess after playing with friends around a huge shade tree on the playground. “Wait!” he had hollered as he stretched his legs into a sprint. But Trevor didn’t make it.
A firehose-sized tree root caught his foot. His body slammed to the ground with a “Booof!” By then, the boy was circled with a crowd of classmates..
“Are you all right?” his brother asked and offered a hand up.
“I think so.” Trevor tried to hoist himself up, but whimpered, “It hurts. Maybe not.”
Trevor’s teacher-mom, Jolene, sent him home to their house just outside the playground. He stayed there the rest of the day with his arm wrapped and tucked into an ice pack.
Jolene considered that the doctor, hospital, and emergency clinics were 100 miles away. She had no one to take her class while she finished the work day at the isolated country school.
His mom checked on him throughout the school day. The boy wasn’t any better.
Jolene was stunned the phone was working when called the clinic on the party line before she took her family to town.
“We’ll stay open after closing!” the doctor promised. So just like Motel 6, Jolene noticed as they pulled in, “We left the lights on for ya!”
“Hairline fracture,” the doctor concluded. “That’s a broken arm. We’ll get your son fixed up quickly and he’ll heal up nicely.”
A few weeks later as Trevor was playing with his brother at home, he swung the cast-covered arm overhead to bonk his sibling on the head. “You’re not the boss of me!”
Things are back to normal. Jolene concluded, I guess he’s feeling better already!
Life happens. It’s full of blessings along with happiness mixed in with conflict and sometimes pain.
Difficult situations and changed circumstances happen to all. They may last a long time instead of pointing to a quick answer or recovery. Or it may only be a short time before life seems normal again. But the journey doesn’t need to be a lonely one, but a trek with constant companionship and help as God matches each step. He is worthy of our trust and praise. He knows the path ahead.
These words are the banner of the believer: “We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in you.” [Psalm 33:20-22]
Our great God is there through every fracture—hairline or not. And he always leaves the light on for us!
[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of scores of articles, a half dozen anthology contributions, and award-winning Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women. available from Amazon.com, her speaking engagements and website, www.button-to-god.com. She lives in northeast Arizona with her husband, Ed. Enjoy chuckles and speeches, tips and excerpts in website options and weekly blog.]