Motorcycle Accident – Holding our Arms

20150717_031635343_iOSJune 24, 2017 was a day that changed our lives for ever.   Gardening and then out the door for a ride on a beautiful day on our Honda Goldwing to Rhododendron Flat in Manning Park… that was the plan.  We did our gardening in the cool of the morning and then off we went on our bike.   A few short hours later we felt the impact of a semi truck running into us and our lives seemed to stand still and have changed forever.   The impact, the force of my body hitting the ground, the screeching tires and seeing Darwin laying on the ground not knowing if he was dead or alive.  These memories still flood my mind at times and make me shutter, yet ..  I find myself feeling so thankful, thankful that we both lived and in that know that each day since, I wake up knowing we have purpose… we are still alive.   Darwin said the day after the accident “God saved our lives and our gear saved our body”… and that statement is fully true.   Since that day much has happened in our family that has made life feel as if we are on the after affects of a physical, emotional and spiritual tsunami.   This morning I am overwhelmed as I think of some of those things.   Our accident and the ongoing health challenges as a result, severe health issues in other family members, loss of a brother, and the passing of my Mom.   I recently had someone say I don’t now how you guys have weathered this last two years.

“As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset.”   Exodus 17:11,12

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In my devotions of late I am reading through Exodus and this morning I was overwhelmed with the answer to why we have survived this past few years and even into today.    God has heard the cries of many people, including my Mom before her passing as we have walked through these things.  It is the hearts and lives of those that care about us, and even those that don’t know us that have “held our hands up”.   Our kids coming to the hospital that day, prayers of many, support through encouragement, phone calls, and kind contact, you as family and friends have held our hands up.  Moses needed to keep his hands up toward God for the Israelites to realize victory in their fight over the Amalekites, but he got weary.  He couldn’t do it on his own.  He needed the support of a stone to sit on for stability and he needed the help of his brother Aaron and also Hur to hold his arms up.   Moses was tired, and weary and all human… unable to fight this fight alone.

For us, Christ has been our rock, our stability.   He has given us the strength when we didn’t have it on our own.   Then, there is the family and friends that have held us up in prayer and many other ways.  They have encouraged us, and prayed for us and kept our hands and hearts pointing to Jesus…. it is that provision that has kept us in the fight and has got us through.

To each one that has encouraged us, prayed for us, sent us positive thoughts we thank you.  Be assured that Jesus has heard you and that at times when we felt we had no more strength and that the tears have been so heavy that we have been given strength of unexplained magnitude.

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Two years…. time has flown and we look back with thanksgiving knowing that we can give full honor and glory to Jesus for His mercies both on the day of the accident and since.   As we continue to work through the after affects of the accident and the weight of all the other things since that day we can give heartfelt thanks to each of you for carrying us through by “holding up our arms”.

Hugs n’ Prayers



2 Comments Add yours

  1. Glen Ringdal says:

    Thank you Jackie for this wonderful story of faith and perseverance. I did not know about your accident but am so happy you both survived to continue your ministry of love and faith in Christ. You are truly an inspiration to me and many others.

    1. Thank you so much for your encouragement Glen, it is wonderful to hear from you!! I pray that you are enjoying your retirement and just so you know… I will miss seeing you around the arena during the hockey season.

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