A little over a week ago the story of the Bossard family from Cocoa, Florida, was all over the news.  Brian, Tammy and their two children, infant Charlotte and 23-month old Kennedy, were headed home on the Indian River after dinner when their boat crashed into a wire supporting a telephone pole and flipped over.  Mom still had hold of baby Charlotte.  She and her husband climbed on top of the capsized boat, but they couldn’t find little Kennedy.  They kept searching and with a water-logged phone also called 911 but it was nearly an hour before the rescue officers dispatched to the scene were able to locate her – trapped under the boat in an air pocket, kept afloat by her life-vest.  Can you even imagine the feelings of all involved – parents and rescuers alike.

According to Floridatoday.com, the officers involved in the rescue later said, “It’s a miracle, that’s the only way to explain it.  Nine times out of 10 in a situation like this it does not end well.  Most of the time, everybody dies.  Maybe God was looking over us, or we just got lucky.”  Tammy Bossard shared a similar thought when she reportedly said, “We just kept praying to God and we got lucky.  And I mean it’s a miracle, it’s a complete miracle that everything worked out the way it did.”

I understand that in the emotion of the moment these folks were simply expressing their gratitude for the safe return of little Kennedy (who suffered only minor injuries) and were not thinking clearly in a theological sense.  However, when we have the time and opportunity to reflect more calmly upon such events in our lives or in the lives of others we might want to ask a question:.  Did God answer prayer or did they simply get “lucky”?  Was it a miracle or simply that one time out of 10 that does end well?

These are not easy questions for many Christians to answer.  We seek to know God’s will and His plan.  We purport to believe in God’s Sovereignty, in His providence and foreknowledge.  Yet so often we credit our good fortune with “Lady Luck” and times of misfortune with being in the “wrong place at the wrong time.”  These are much bigger issues than I wish to tackle in this brief blog today – but it is my intention that as the days go by this site might help us to grow in our understanding of such things and thus enable us in times of grateful delight to give God the glory alone (SDG) – even when our emotions seem to be taken captive by the events of our lives.

This site takes its name from the words of the young man Elihu who suddenly appears in the Book of Job (chapter 32) to give counsel to Job, and in 37:14 cries out:  Hear this, O Job; stop and consider the wondrous works of God.  Oh that each one who takes for themselves the title Christian might also “stop and consider the wondrous works of God” as we seek to learn of Him, to follow Him, to serve Him and to glorify Him.  I hope you will return regularly and that you will share with me your thoughts.

Have time to think a little more today?  Read through Randy Alcorn’s thoughts titled “Grateful for the Wait” as he considers what it means for God in His wisdom to permit evil and suffering for a season, even when we want to say “enough is enough!”

And thanks for paying a visit today to StopAndConsider…  Come back again soon.